Bourbon: Drink of a Lady
Until last year, I was a wine snob.
I enjoyed deep red wines, I could tell you if the wine came from the coast of California, from Napa or from the valleys in Livermore. I went through a season of Pinot Noir, slipping into deep Merlots and then rebounding into Petit Sirah with a great flourish. I love picking out the flavors of dark cherry in the Syrahs, or the lavender in Merlots; the sweet finish of Cabernets and the dry spirit of Pinot. It is a beautiful adventure in a stemmed glass to explore the nature of wines, and I couldn't enjoy it more.
And then I rediscovered bourbon.
Good heavens, is bourbon wonderful. It just sits in those raw oak barrels and sucks the heavenly life out of the wood. The flavors are oaky, sweet and bold. I love it.
But this is a corn whiskey, so you have to be prepared for a little kick. If you prefer margaritas or rum & Coke, I don't know if this is really the spirit for you.
However, if you are an explorer at heart and love unearthing the deepest secrets in your drink, you will love bourbon. If you honestly love the personalities of scotches, but you can't get over the peat, bourbon is definitely your drink.
So, here are some bourbons that I have, and some notes on what they are, exactly. I'm going to be citing a lot of distilleries so I get this right.
Let's start with what I like the most, and move to the least:
" "Replacing the rye grain in our recipe with wheat provides for an exceptionally smooth taste. W. L. Weller is a truly outstanding buy." -Wine Enthusiast Magazine"
4) Angel's Envy
"THIS BIG FLAVOR
HASN'T GONE ANYWHERE.
6) Bullet Rye
7) Buffalo Trace White Dog
~~For those of us with fire.~~