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Bourbon 101
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Bourbon 101

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In 1964, congress defined Bourbon as a unique American cultural and historical product in need of protecting. 40 years later, most people still do not know exactly what Bourbon is, often confusing it …

In 1964, congress defined Bourbon as a unique American cultural and historical product in need of protecting. 40 years later, most people still do not know exactly what Bourbon is, often confusing it with its historical parlance. That being said, once you understand the basic definition of Bourbon--or all American whiskeys for that matter--this tipple becomes easy to understand, and fun to appreciate.

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  • 1. BOURBON 101<br />presented by BEN SHELLHORN • SEPTEMBER 2011<br />
  • 2. INTRODUCTION<br />TASTING GUIDE<br />PART 1: BEER<br />• Fermentation<br />• Ingredients<br />PART 2: BOURBON<br />• Definition <br />• Law<br />• Distillation<br />• Localization<br />• Aging<br />• Mash Bill<br />CONCLUSIONS<br />& QUESTIONS<br />BOURBON<br />
  • 3. WHAT IS BOURBON?<br />• American Whiskey <br />• Mainly Corn<br />• Aged in oak<br />BOURBON<br />
  • 4. LEGAL DEFINITION<br />• Must be a US product<br />• Must be 51%+ corn<br />• Aged-at least briefly-in new American oak<br />• Distilled to no more than 160 proof<br />• Introduced to oak at no more than 125 proof<br />• Bottled at no less than 80 proof<br />AGING & LABELING<br />• Bourbon meeting the above requirements and aged 2 years, may be called STRAIGHT bourbon<br />• Bourbon labeled Straight must label its age if less than 4 years<br />• Labeled age must be the youngest bourbon in the mix<br />• Blended bourbons may have artificial coloring & flavors <br />LEGAL DEFINITION<br />
  • 5. INTERNATIONAL WHISKEY<br />All bourbon is whiskey<br />Not all whiskey is bourbon<br />INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE<br />
  • 6. DISTILLATION<br />Starts with a fermented grain beverage <br />(think beer)<br />Fermented beverage is then “distilled” through a still<br />(think boiled)<br />Distilled beverage is purified/distilled again and aged in oak<br />DISTILLATION PROCESS<br />
  • 7. DISTILLATION PROCESS<br />
  • 8. Start with Grain<br />DISTILLATION PROCESS<br />
  • 9. Mill the grain<br />DISTILLATION PROCESS<br />
  • 10. Create Mash<br />DISTILLATION PROCESS<br />
  • 11. Ferment the Mash<br />DISTILLATION PROCESS<br />
  • 12. Distill the Fermented<br />Beverage<br />DISTILLATION PROCESS<br />
  • 13. Result:<br />Unaged Corn Whiskey<br />DISTILLATION PROCESS<br />
  • 14. Age the Bourbon<br />DISTILLATION PROCESS<br />
  • 15. Bottle the Bourbon<br />DISTILLATION PROCESS<br />
  • 16. Bourbon gets its name from Bourbon County, KY<br />However, no Bourbon is currently made in Bourbon County, due to the redrawing of county lines over time<br />In 1964, Congress recognized Bourbon<br />as a distinct cultural product<br />LOCALIZATION / HISTORY<br />
  • 17. All American Whiskey is aged in charred new American oak.<br />Can be aged for a short period of time (Hudson Whiskeys) or a longer period (Pappy Van Winkle 23 year)<br />Oak barrels are often resold to Tequila, Rum or Scotch whisky makers.<br />AGING<br />
  • 18. Mash bill is a top secret for master distillers.<br />Generally, most bourbons are about 2/3 corn<br />Rye Whiskeys must be 51%+ Rye<br />Corn Whiskeys must be 80%+ Corn<br />Remaining grains can be anything else<br />MASH BILL<br />
  • 19. PRESENTATION BY<br />BEN SHELLHORN<br />SOURCES<br />AMERICAN HOME BREWERS ASSOCIATION<br />BREWERS ASSOCIATION<br />CRAFTBEER.COM<br />MORGUEFILE.COM<br />WIKIPEDIA.ORG<br />WILDWOOD BBQ TASTING NOTES<br />BREUCKELEN GIN<br />AVAILABLE ONLINE<br />PART 1 (BEER): http://www.tinyurl.com/3ps8vvd<br />PART 2 (BOURBON): http://www.tinyurl.com/3zcyxnz<br />CONCLUSIONS<br />

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