Ever wondered what is the difference between whisk(e)y and bourbon?
Assistant Master Distiller at Woodford Reserve, Elizabeth McCall – one of the youngest female distillers in the United States, and in line to succeed Chris Morris as Woodford Reserves Master Distiller, answers the age-old question.
Where is Bourbon originally from?
Bourbon is mainly in Kentucky and only in the United States. Using 51% of corn in the mash bill therefore classifies it a Bourbon. The remainder of the blend is made up of rye, barley, and wheat in varying proportions.
The Woodford Reserve grain recipe consists of 72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% malted barley. This high malted barley content for bourbon explains the overall nutty characteristics.
Where does the rich amber color come from?
The liquid gains its amber color from the oak barrels it is aged in. The color and age are not the only indicators of the quality of the drink. The best way for you to experience the difference is to simply taste it. Let your palate tell you if it’s a quality bourbon.
Woodford enters the barrel at 55% ABV along with maturation in heavily toasted and charred barrels which contributes towards more caramel notes.
Essentially bourbon is in a class of its own within the whiskey empire and it is gaining greater recognition amongst whisk(e)y drinkers.
Bourbon is all about flavor and complexity. If you’re a more fruity, floral, and bold type of person, the Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select is your vibe. Comprising of vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, cherries, and dates which adds to an alluring and unique taste.
Now you know the difference between whisk(e)y and bourbon.
Cheers on a fabulous Bourbon experience.