Bourbon has been matured by tossing barrels onto boats for years now. But, this was only an accidental occurrence. Bourbon would be shipped to the thirstier ports of New Orleans and Alabama in boats setting sail on the Mississippi and Ohio.
Trey Zoeller, an eighth generation Kentucky bourbon distiller, happened to be on such a boat, celebrating his birthday with his friends. The swaying bourbon in a bottle caught his eye. He thought the same could be done to barrels on a ship. It is then that the idea of aging Bourbon on ships was conceived. The outcome of such an ageing process resulted in a dark, gorgeous whisky.
Bourbon, when aged in traditional rackhouses/rickhouses, would take longer to develop a darker color and depth of flavor, than when aged in barrels on a boat. Bourbon aged rapidly in barrels afloat on the sea. The “clear as water” bourbon “came out black”. A four year old bourbon aged on water was darker than a 30 year old bourbon matured in a rackhouse.
Naturally, this hiked up the price of bourbon. A bottle aged in a barrel on a ship would be $70 pricier than one aged in a warehouse. The pricier, darker bourbon would have a far more layered complexity of flavors, reminiscent of other spirits. A subtle, Sherry-like sweet-salty-savory taste is commonly observed in bourbon aged in salty water over time.
Music Concerts to Attend On Scotch Day 2018
It is a given that you will be drinking plenty of scotch on International Scotch Day. Question is, what else will you be doing that day, or for that matter the next two days? In case you haven’t got around to figuring that out, we have a brilliant suggestion. But, first things first. Let’s acknowledge the fact that music and scotch go hand in hand. Count the number of times that good music and good scotch lifted the blues on those days when you couldn’t bring yourself to get out of the house. So you played Jack Johnson and drank The Glenlivet on your couch to deal with all that was weighing you down. Remember the times you entertained friends and family with a Lagavulin or Talisker, and held long conversations while Chopin played on your soundsystem. Chances are, countless memories have been made over scotch and music, so we suggest you make a few more on this International Scotch Day.Read More
Three Reason Why Ballantines Is Successful Worldwide
The name means so much to so many of us, it’s almost impossible to separate the love for the whisky from the love for Ballantine’s itself. Few brands enjoy the near mythological greatness enjoyed by the brand, and one struggles to think of a time when the name wasn’t synonymous with excellence.Read More