What Affects A Bourbon’s Taste?

With fall bourbon season over it’s time to get back to what I love writing about on Bourbonr. The nerdiness behind bourbon. Chasing limited editions is fun. But, I’d rather help Bourbonr’s expand their knowledge of bourbon. That’s what today’s post is about. We’re looking at the bourbon process and how the different processes affect taste. Even with large improvements in automation bourbon flavor is still more of an art than a science. This is why Master Distillers spend a lot of time taste testing different barrels (tough job!). Here is how the following processes affect the taste of bourbon. This is a look from 10,000 feet. Each segment could fill an encyclopedia with information (

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2016 Bourbonr Whiskey of the Year

As you may remember, we opened up voting for the Bourbonr Whiskey of the Year (WOTY) last week. While I’m sure, you won’t see a sticker on a bottle anytime soon with the words “Bourbonr Gold Medalist” this award is significant. It’s significant because it was awarded by you, the readers. Each year we open up the voting for Bourbonr WOTY.

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2016 Bourbonr Whiskey Of The Year

Voting ends Friday (1/13/17) at 5:00 PM EST

Discuss your pick in the Bourbonr Facebook group

It’s that time of year again. 2016 was a crazy year for bourbon. While there are plenty of things to be frustrated with there are also a lot of bright spots. I found myself disagreeing with a lot of the whiskey’s that were chosen by other books/sites for “Whiskey of the Year”. That’s why we do it a little different at Bourbonr. We open the voting up to you, the drinkers. What whiskey did you love this year?

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Death Of A Bourbon Generation

Value is a perception, not a calculation”

For those that have been living under a rock in the bourbon world for the last 24 hours here’s the deal. Friday, Beam Suntory confirmed a rumor that Booker’s will now be priced at $100 a bottle. It will also drop from six releases a year to four. I mentioned this in my Friday wrap-up but at that point, I thought it was nothing more than a rumor. Unfortunately, it was true. Before I dive into my thoughts on Beam’s decision it’s worth giving Chuck and Fred a read.

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Untold History of The Bulleit Brand

Walk into any bar across the country, and you’ll find an orange label with “Bulleit” on the front. The words “Frontier Whiskey” prominently displayed on the bottle. Bulleit (pronounced “Bullet”) has been a gateway bourbon for new drinkers over the last two decades. Everyone tries Jim Beam or Makers. Bulleit’s high-rye mash bill provides a different flavor profile from the standard “shelf” bourbons. Most know that Diageo owns the Bulleit brand. But, the brand has a whiskey family history dating back to the 1850’s. This post is a story about the brand. Not the history of the name. This is the story of the Bulleit brand that most Bourbonr’s don’t know.

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Provenance of Buffalo Trace Antique Collection

Occasionally, I find myself bored and digging through old archives of Straight Bourbon. These information hunts usually result in some interesting material. Today’s hunt was no exception. This information was posted by Bourbon writer, Chuck Cowdery. The post by Chuck is his response from, Buffalo Trace CEO, Mark Brown. Mark provides the origins of the first BTAC bottles. It also proves that Chuck has probably forgotten more bourbon information than I will ever know.

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Bourbon Blending Kit from Timber Creek

There’s a lot of craft distilleries popping up across the county. For some of the distilleries it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Most small (craft) distilleries turn to different techniques or unique mash bills to differentiate themselves. Bourbon and whiskey takes years to make. That doesn’t mean these small distilleries can’t produce something with buying before that.

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2016 Pappy Van Winkle Release Map

*Please Read:* Each state is highlighted once one bottle is reported. Generally, that means that store, and a lot of times that city, is already sold out. This map isn’t an official release tracker from Buffalo Trace but a network of bourbon drinkers looking to help each other. Stores are dealing with smaller allocations and greatly increased demand. Please be understanding of this fact. Also, I’m not a retailer. I don’t have a list to buy Pappy nor do I know where you can buy online at retail. If I did I’d buy it all myself  🙂 Happy Hunting! 

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2016 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Reviewed

Welcome back to another year of Antique Collection reviews. With last year’s reviews, I climbed atop my soap box to talk about the discrepancies between LE review and everyday bourbon reviews. I plan on keeping this review focused on the whiskey (but I still think limited edition reviews are an issue). I look forward to reviewing the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection more than any other limited edition whiskey. This year’s release had its quirks but let’s dive in.

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2016 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Release Map

BATC Release Map

Please Read: Each state is highlighted when one bottle is reported in that state. There’s a good chance that means that store, and a lot of times that city, is already sold out. This map isn’t an official release tracker from Buffalo Trace but a network of bourbon drinkers looking to help each other. Stores are dealing with smaller allocations and greatly increased demand. Please be understanding of this fact. Happy Hunting!

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