How bourbon is made

Fascinating video. If you’re looking for a special treat for yourself or a wonderful gift to give this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Woodford Reserve Bourbon. One of my favourites.

  • Moeskido

    Looking forward to seeing this. I have a newfound love for bourbon that makes me wish I’d tried it sooner.

    My favorite is Basil Hayden, and my ambition is to be rich enough to buy it all. 🙂

    • I think most of these kinds of booze are an acquired taste and when we were younger, we weren’t refined enough to acquire or appreciate them. 🙂

      • Moeskido

        You’re probably right. But I still like to believe that I’d have appreciated scotch or bourbon somewhat more if I’d ever tried anything other than the cheap stuff. I was certainly ready to appreciate better beer, once I knew there was such a thing.

        • True. A lot of us tried crappy booze when we were young and thought, “Well – I don’t like the hard stuff” but it’s often because we haven’t ever tried the good stuff. 🙂

  • stsk

    Shawn – do yourself a favor and buy the latest version of Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible. It’ll give you an opportunity to explore some other candidates. There must be at least one bar in Vancouver that specializes in bourbon. If you like Woodford, (not a bad choice – it’s very easy) try Buffalo Trace. If you want to put some hair on your ass, and you can find it (which has become REALLY hard to do – the bourbon, not your ass) try George T. Stagg. Stagg is reliably the best, most complex bourbon, but it’s usually around 140 proof and not for the faint of heart – and it’s become almost impossible to procure these days. If you can find it, the Pappy van Winkle 15 year is very nice too and easier than Stagg. Forget the 20 and 23 year – the 15 is better. (and I’ve heard about a local bottle of 20 going for a grand recently)

    • Thanks. Believe me, I’ve explored many candidates. 🙂

      I recommended the Woodford for exactly the reason you mentioned – it’s easy.

      I also use the very cool iOS Distiller app to find and recommend various whiskies to others.

  • Mark

    I would have agreed with this gift recommendation a decade ago. But now you CAN in fact to wrong with Woodford, as it is made from Monsanto’s delightful Planet Destroyer® brand of GMO corn. Nothing like a nice snifter of neonicotinoids to finish off a winter evening … and the warm fuzzy feeling that goes with planetary predation.

    Sadly, at this point in time there are exactly TWO brands of bourbon that are not made from GMO corn: Wild Turkey, and Four Roses. The fate of the planet might not matter to some (or most people) but if it does, at least there are still a pair of less-reprehensible choice that gets you a decent glass of hooch.

  • SV650

    I’ve heard that one of the big Scottish distilleries buys new barrels, rents them to the Jim Beam Distillery, then takes them home for Scotch whiskey production.

    I’ve always found Bourbon harsh, so further suggestions for some smooth favourites appreciated.

    • Moeskido

      I’m tellin’ ya. Basil Hayden.

    • Yup – a lot of distilleries do that. There’s a lot of “trading”. Wine makers do the same thing.

    • matthewmaurice

      Scottish distillers have been buying Bourbon barrels for generations. The legal requirement for new oak in bourbon and tendency for long-term whisky aging is a natural symbiosis. Now tequila distillers are increasing their consumption of used American whiskey barrels as well.

      If you find neat bourbon harsh, try pairing a good bourbon with high-quality mixers for a top-shelf cocktail. 2 ounces of Bulleit Bourbon (I actually prefer their Rye), 1 ounce of Carpano Antica Italian vermouth, and a couple shakes of craft bitters stirred and served straight up with a Luxardo cherry is a Manhattan that even my most brown liquor averse friends find more than palatable!

      If that’s still a bit daunting, An old-fashioned should work. Drop a turbinado sugar cube (or 1 teaspoon of granulated) in a, wait for it, old-fashioned glass, add a some bitters and a splash of water (club soda works best). Muddle that, then add ice and top off with 2 ounces of bourbon and a twisted 2 inch slice of orange peel. Under no circumstances add any addition fruit!

      • SV650

        Thanks for the mixology suggestions – time for a trip to the store(s).

        The history of Scotch Whisky is filled with re-used oak from both continents. A few years ago I purchased an enjoyable ‘flight’ of whisky; all from the same distillation, but aged in different wood. Made for a delicious event & evening!

  • frippz


    p>I here I was expecting, based on how bourbon tastes to me, a video of people pouring gasoline on bottles and tell people to drink it.