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Reality About Carbs In Bourbon

Reality About Carbs In Bourbon

 

Stumbled across this infographic from WineFolly.com a few weeks ago and thought everyone might enjoy having it as a reference next time you want to defend the health benefits of drinking bourbon.

Bourbon, as well as most spirits, have very few carbs unless you decide to drink them as a part of a cocktail that contains a lot of sugar. So next time someone starts giving you shit about drinking whiskey and being unhealthy you can whip out this chart right before you un-friend them in real life.  Cheers!

 

 

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An Adventure in Barrel Aged Cocktails

An Adventure in Barrel Aged Cocktails

Many things make Bourbon special. Some of my fellow Kentuckians insist that it’s the Limestone bedrock that makes Kentucky water have a distinct taste. Perhaps it’s because it has a uniquely American flavor (it is America’s native spirit, after all). But whatever it is, we can all agree that Bourbon wouldn’t be Bourbon (legally or otherwise) without the beautiful process of barrel aging. The art of placing freshly-distilled spirit into a charred new oak barrel and allowing that liquor to flow in and out of the wood is what gives our favorite potent potable those beautiful caramel, vanilla, and smokey notes, as well as its signature color. Bourbon just wouldn’t be Bourbon without those barrels. Continue Reading →

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Win Tickets to the Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Experience

Win Tickets to the Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Experience

Two weeks ago we told you about the upcoming Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Experience hosted by The Filson Historical Society and featuring Bourbon Hall of Fame Member Mike Veach. The event is coming up on April 29th and tickets are still available. However, if you’ve been wanting to go and haven’t pull the trigger today’s your lucky day. 

The Filson has generously provided Bourbon & Banter with two sets of tickets to giveaway to our loyal readers. Winners will receive two tickets, valued at $400, for the event on April 29th in Louisville, KY. Winners will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations but admission to the event is on us. 

In order be eligible to win a pair of tickets you need to follow these instructions:

1) Either ‘Like’ us on Facebook or follows us on Twitter

2) Submit your name and email address using the link below.  

That’s it. Very simple. We’ll then draw the two winners on Tuesday, April 22nd after 5 pm.

Enter to win tickets now!

 

 

 

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Glencairn Glass vs Old Fashioned Glass

Glencairn Glass vs Old Fashioned Glass

Whether it’s different types of wine, beer or a classic cocktail, there is a style and shape of glass for everything.

For years however, when drinking whiskey you either shot it or drank it from an old fashioned or rocks glass. Of course, that all changed several years ago when the Glencairn Glass was introduced. Originally designed for single malt Scotch, it seems every whiskey distiller, regardless of style, has come to embrace this one glass for tasting and enjoying whiskey neat.

But old habits die hard, and I was one of the many who questioned whether the shape of the glass could really affect the smell, taste and enjoyment of whiskey. Leave it to a friend of mine to introduce me to the ways of the Glencairn.

My friend had me do a side by side comparison of the same whiskey: a shot in a traditional old fashioned glass and a shot in a Glencairn Glass. The differences were astonishing.

However, we were using George T. Stagg as our test whiskey and we wondered if the results would be the same using a less intense, everyday bourbon like Wild Turkey 101. Let’s check it out.

Old Fashioned Glass

 

  • Nose: strong, boozy; hint of toffee
  • First Sip: heat up front, followed by vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon, with a bit of rye spice
  • Finish: the flavors fade quickly, but the burn lasts a bit longer

 

 Glencairn Glass

 

  • Nose: lots of caramelized sugar and toffee, but no boozy smell like in the old fashioned glass
  • First Sip: very little heat; viscous sugar with a bit of rye spiciness
  • Finish: long; the flavors stick around this time, complementing the burn

 

The conclusion is fairly obvious.  After comparing the 2 glasses the Glencairn Glass actually enhances the aromas and flavors of whiskey. This doesn’t mean I won’t drink from other glasses in the future, but if I have my choice, it’ll be a Glencairn Glass from now on. 

If you don’t own a Glencairn glass yet I suggest you check out some of our very own custom designs made for just for the bourbon drinker.

Explore Custom Glencairn Glass Designs

Do you think using a Glencairn glass makes a difference? Let me know in the comments what you think.

 

 

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