Where to drink Bourbon Whiskey cocktails in London
Bourbon Whiskey is the perfect drink this Winter and much like regular whiskey, Bourbon is soothing, warm and delicious. We investigated the history of Bourbon and how this famous spirit is made.
Bourbon Whiskey is a type of American Whiskey, a barrel aged distilled spirit mainly made from corn. The origins of the name are not completely clear although historians suggest either Bourbon County in Kentucky or Bourbon Street in New Orleans which are both named after The French Bourbon Dynasty.
The French Bourbon Dynasty is a European Royal House of French origin in a very powerful rich influential family who originated in the 1272. Bourbon has been distilled since the 18th century, however the name ‘Bourbon’ wasn’t given until the 1870’s. The fact Bourbon is maybe made anywhere in the U.S. it is mainly made in the South of America with Kentucky named as it’s official birthplace.
In 1964 Bourbon was recognized by the U.S. Congress as an official product of the U.S. and with this recognition it must be produced in America from at least 51% corn and stored in a new container of churred oak.
Distilling was introduced to America by the Scots-Irish, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, English, German and French in the 18th Century. They began farming this in the area of Earnest, it is still unclear of the origins of Bourbon and who specifically invented it however the process of making Bourbon ageing the Whiskey in Churned Oak casks, this process gives its reddish colour and distinctive taste.
To make authentic Bourbon you must make sure you use 51% of corn and the rest can be a mixture of different grains known as mash bill. Yeast is added and the mash is fermented and distilled between 65% to 80% alcohol using either traditional alembic, pot still or the less expensive continuous still.
The clear spirit which now appears called ‘white dog’ is placed in charred new containers for aging. These containers are generally barrels made from American white oak. This way the spirit gains its colour and much of its flavour from the caramelized sugars and vanillins in the churred wood. Once the ‘white dog’ has mature in the barrels for at least 2 years mature it is then filtered and diluted with water and bottled up to be sold around the world.
Bourbon can be served in a variety of ways, including on its own as a shot, ‘on the rocks’ diluted with ice, with a mixer or in a cocktail! Come down to Souedl Out Bar and try our Bourbon based cocktails including ‘The Old Fashioned’ ‘The Manhattan and the ‘Whiskey Sour’ plus many more – www.souledoutbar.com
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