Whilst the majority of whiskey in the USA uses corn or rye grains as the predominant grain, many craft distilleries have started experimenting with other grains to achieve new and unique flavours. This flight helps display just some of the new and exciting ways whiskey can be made.
The team here at NOLA agrees that 10 years is the perfect age for a Kentucky whiskey, the unique ageing warehouses coupled with the extreme change in climate across the seasons delivers the equivalent of 30 years of ageing in just 10 compared to Scotch whiskey.
The Bottled In Bond Act of 1897 set the standard for premium American whiskey production, and to be labelled as such, the product would have to meet a set of very strict conditions, including distilled by only one distiller, in one distilling season, aged for four years, and released at 100 proof.
Until only recently, the privilege of selecting “honey” barrels for release as a single barrel whiskey was not available to collectors or enthusiasts. A “barrel pick” involves sampling and purchasing an entire barrel for private bottling. With each barrel yielding no more than approx 150 bottles, these are extremely limited releases, bottled for Whiskey Hunt Australia.
Cask finishing is essentially moving the whiskey from one barrel to another to allow it to finish maturing. Much like many whiskey producers all over the globe, American whiskey producers have been finishing their products in previously used barrels for some time now. The second barrel has almost always contained something interesting. Our selection uses barrels that have previously housed anything from port to dessert wine.
Over the last 20 years the American craft whiskey industry has exploded. There are now reportedly well over 1,700 distilleries operating across America (up from 250 in 2008). One of the more exciting products to emerge from the craft distillery movement is American single malt whiskey. Whilst many consumers will turn to Scottish, Irish or Japanese whiskey for their single malt needs, there are some American distilleries turning heads with their new innovations and the help of slightly relaxed legal barriers allow for some truly creative products to enter the market.
Rye whiskey is America’s original whiskey; rye grain was grown by the first settlers in the North East of the country, farmers would have left over grain from harvest and would turn that rye grain into whiskey to barter through the year.