9 Tips New Bourbon and Whiskey Drinkers Must Know

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Here are nine essential tips, tidbits, and facts to help anyone drink a little more bourbon on their next sip,glass cookware.

1. This is uniquely America

Correct: Bourbon must be made in the United States. It is a Native American spirit and has become a "unique product" of the United States through Congress-mandated manufacturing requirements. (All bourbons are whiskeys, but not all whiskies can be called bourbons.)

Wrong: Bourbon must be made in Kentucky. While most of the world's premium bourbon originates in the Bluegrass State -- in fact, it was historically the epicentre of bourbon and was America's first western frontier -- the spirit can be found in other parts of the country. Made locally.

The combination of Kentucky heritage, central geography, frequent weather changes and limestone filtered water creates the ideal environment for bourbon distillation and aging. But in recent decades, distillers across the country have opened up shop and created some truly wonderful bourbons with their own quirks. It's a good excuse to explore new brands.

2. Longer doesn’t always mean better

Premium Scotch brings a stereotype to the whisky world that isn't a universal rule: aging doesn't always mean better. I grew up in central Kentucky and many distillers tell me that the best age for bourbon is between 4 and 12 years. This is a large range and can vary depending on factors such as weather, water and humidity. It's worth noting that all bourbons must be aged in original charred white oak barrels, and much of the spirit's color and sweetness comes from the barrels themselves. But leaving bourbon in barrels longer results in less flavor and drinkability rewards. While there are some truly wonderful bourbons that are over 12 years old, aging doesn't always mean better or tastier. Likewise, the most expensive, oldest batch doesn't always beat the younger versions in terms of overall quality. With this wine, you can enjoy world-class drinks without breaking the bank

3. Water is your friend

If you're lucky enough to visit a working distillery, this is the first tip you'll learn. Adding a few drops or even a little water to your bourbon can help unlock new, complex flavors. If you enjoy a specific bourbon straight from the bottle, you'll get more power! But don't be afraid to try adding a little water to see if it works better for you. By law, bourbon is a product that must contain no additives or extra flavors, but it's already so complex that it's worth trying. Bourbon is a drink that can be enjoyed without a fuss. Likewise, don't be overly nervous if your ice melts a bit before you finish drinking it. You may find that the bourbon tastes better at the bottom of the glass!

4. Don’t hoard favorite bottles

I don't care how special the bottle looks or how rare the description makes it sound. Whether it's small batches, bonded bottles, single casks, or special editions, you name it, there's always more bourbon. This is (thank goodness!) a renewable resource that winemakers will be constantly exploring to try out new grain blends and techniques. Don't hide a favorite bottle just because it might be hard to get another one. Enjoy it when you want it with who you want and look forward to finding the next great bottle of wine you really love.

5. Expect some changes

Bourbon is a natural product, and many parts of the manufacturing process—from the grain itself to the environment in which it ages to varying degrees—depends on nature. If you like a particular brand, don't be shocked by the subtle differences from bottle to bottle. Although most bourbons are blended from multiple barrels, and distillers work hard to maintain quality, there are still differences between batches. It's just an interesting quality of a very special drink.

6. Create a home cocktail

The popularity of American cocktail culture is inextricably linked to the revival of bourbon in the mainstream. There's no better way to learn about the complex flavors of bourbon than by trying to make a cocktail! Whether it's a tried-and-true old-fashioned whisky, a sour whisky, or something more modern, bourbon's natural sweetness makes it a forgiving base if your drink doesn't quite go according to plan

7. Try some "white lightning"

Freshly distilled bourbon, before it touches the barrels, is a highly concentrated, clear liquid that goes by many names: White Lightning, Raw Dog, White Dog, White Whiskey, and more. The unaged product cannot be marketed as bourbon, but more and more distillers are selling it separately from the regular product. Most also offer original bourbon tastings on distillery tours. White Lightning may not be your favorite drink, but tasting it is a unique way to see how the flavor and color of bourbon can change so dramatically during aging. Think of it as "peeping under the hood" for anyone who wants to know where their favorite whisky comes from.

8. Shop Around (Country, That's It)

As a Kentucky native, I might get in trouble for saying this, but here's the thing: great bourbon is available all over the country. All will have a bit of an inherent sweetness, but the differences between wineries and regions are incredible. Next time you try a new bourbon, be sure to note the origin, not just the brand.

9. Don't be nervous

At the end of the day, enjoying bourbon means doing it your time and your way. It is uniquely American, born of settlers who moved west and wanted some great services along the way. Bourbon is a natural product, aged in and around nature, known for its quirkiness and tradition. Whether you love straight bourbon, bourbon on the rocks, with a little water, mixed in a custom cocktail, or as a transformative culinary ingredient, don't let anyone tell you the best way to enjoy it. It's up to you to decide your favorite way to enjoy your bourbon.

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