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Whiskey Education

December 13, 2018

A Holiday Gift Guide for Whiskey Lovers

Holiday Gift Guide Items Finding a gift for the whiskey lover in your life is easy: As long as your gift has a whiskey theme, it’s a winner. Our list rolls high to low, ranging from a fine bar cart to a package you can put together yourself with a dose of TLC. (more…)
November 13, 2018

How to Host a Holiday Whiskey Tasting Party

Besides mistletoe, one of the best things about the holidays is the holiday party. If you really want to spread some cheer, give your party a twist and make it a whiskey tasting. This would be an intimate party — a dozen friends or less — so you can share the experience of walking through the whiskeys together. As the host, you’ll want to take a few steps to set up a successful tasting, and here to guide us is Philip Lux, Lux Row Distillers ambassador and lead brand representative. (more…)
October 15, 2018

8 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Bourbon

Think you know everything there is to know about bourbon? We bet you’ll learn at least one new fact from reading this list. If nothing on here surprises you, then kudos! You’ve earned a drink. (more…)
October 2, 2018

A Foolproof Guide to Pairing Whiskey With Food

Whiskey on its own is perfection. But it doesn’t have to be a loner. It cozies up to food in a surprisingly compatible manner. Fine whiskey, including bourbon — served straight, on ice, or in a stimulating cocktail — combined with the right food can be a match made in heaven. You just need to observe a few basic rules. (more…)
May 2, 2018

Mint Julep Cocktail: A Quick History

Whether you love the Kentucky Derby for the people-watching (those hats!) or the horse racing, one thing is certain: The derby’s signature mint julep drink is the best tradition of all. The mint julep is a combination of bourbon, mint, sugar, and water, served over heaps of crushed ice in a signature silver or pewter cup. Although the race itself may last only a couple of minutes, derby fans keep sipping their mint juleps long into the afternoon. Curious about the history of this favorite Southern libation? Then read on. (more…)
May 29, 2018

Whiskey 101: A Quick Guide to Grains

Ingredients matter. And regardless of where you are on your whiskey journey — beginner or connoisseur — you gain precious insight when you know what went into the glass you just poured. Understanding exactly what you’re sipping heightens your ability to recognize, appreciate, and savor. Each whiskey starts with a base of corn, rye, barley, and/or wheat grain. These grains — along with the oak barrels they’re aged in — define the taste and aroma of the spirit. (more…)
June 19, 2018

Top 5 Reasons to Love Whiskey

When it comes to whiskey, there’s only one question: What’s not to love? It has taste, stature, distinction, and legacy. It summons flavors we know — caramel, toffee, wheat — then craftily showcases them in a new way. That said, we have distilled it (see what we did there?) to the top five reasons we love whiskey in all its forms. 1. Whiskey is timeless. So much of what goes on in food and drink is driven by “the latest thing.” Thankfully, whiskey is not. It’s independent — sacred even. Whiskey doesn’t have to follow the latest trend to be good. It just is. 2. Whiskey is something you can share with friends. Drinking a glass of whiskey with your comrades is an opportunity to make memories. From bonding sessions to wild adventures, late-night confessions to meetings of the minds, whiskey can help set the stage for life’s greatest experiences. 3. Whiskey makes for a fun hobby. There’s more to whiskey than a shot in a glass. Connoisseurs can explore its myriad variations. Into mixology? Pull out your cocktail shaker and master the art of the perfect whiskey drink. If you’re a collector, you’ll find plenty of gadgets that support your whiskey habit. 4. Whiskey is fermented. Fermentation dates back to the earliest days of humankind — before there were refrigerators or plastic wrap or vacuum-sealed bags. Whiskey-making has survived centuries. The whiskey we drink today is an homage to that history. 5. Whiskey is complex. In a world that seems to grow more instant and superficial every day, whiskey stands as a counterbalance of complexity. Like a great relationship, it takes time to get acquainted — and the more time you invest, the more layers are revealed.
June 22, 2018

What Bourbon Swillers Need to Know About Ice

Ice seems like the simplest, most basic accessory for bourbon. You turn on the tap, fill the ice tray, put it in the freezer, and take it out when you want to chill your whiskey. Easy, right? Wrong. Over the past few years, mixologists have led us through an ice exploration. Turns out, there is a “right” kind, and it can make or break your whiskey drink. This is why we put together an ice primer. May your bourbon never suffer another ice faux pas again. (more…)
July 17, 2018

5 Reasons Most Bourbon Is Made in Kentucky

Say the word “Kentucky” and the next word automatically falls into place: bourbon. It’s just one of those natural pairings. Nearly all bourbon is made there: 95 percent, according to the Kentucky Distillers Association. The connection between the state and the spirit is undeniable. What is it about the Bluegrass State that makes it the bourbon capital of the world? There are five reasons: (more…)
August 20, 2018

A Glossary of Essential Bourbon Terms

There are some very specific rules when it comes to calling something “bourbon.” Though it is a type of whiskey, bourbon’s base must be at least 51 percent corn, and the spirit has to be aged in new charred oak containers. And to be considered “straight” bourbon, it has to be aged at least two years. What else should you know about bourbon? Familiarize yourself with these terms to become a know-it-all. (more…)
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