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It’s a fallacy that Bourbon can only be made in Kentucky. In fact, Bourbon can be produced in any North American State as long as it meets the very strict production standards set out by the Federal Government.
Bottled in Bond whiskey must be the product of one distiller, in one distillery in one distillation season. It has to have been stored for at least 4 years in a federally bonded warehouse and bottled under supervision at 100 proof. The label must identify the distillery it was produced and where it is bottled
The corn used to make Bourbon is sold by the Bushel. A Bushel weighs 56lbs. That’s a lot of corn.
White Dog: The colourless unaged distillate, just as it comes from the still and before it goes into the barrel for aging. Sometimes called “green whiskey” or “high wine” or “new-make”
Sour Mash isn’t exclusive to that famous Tennessee brand. It’s a common process used by the majority of distilleries
Bourbon has to be aged in New Oak barrels. It does not have to be American Oak although, the majority of time it is. It can be finished in other types of barrel but this must be stated on the label
Bourbon has to be made with at least 51% corn. If it’s not, it’s not Bourbon.
Bourbon has to be aged in new oak barrels. When a Bourbon barrels have been used once, they’re often sold on. One of the biggest buyers of bourbon barrels is Tabasco sauce who ages its products in them for a number of years
Distillers are only required to put an age statement on the labels of Bourbons that are under 4 years old
Some people recommend the use of hot sauce to train the tongue for higher proof Whiskey’s. We think it’s more fun to just train with Whiskey
A bourbon warehouse is known as a rickhouse or rack house. Barrels from the same production batch could be placed in different parts of one of these vast warehouses, and for different lengths of time, and the resulting whiskeys can be vastly different
Typically, the darker the whiskey, the older and higher proof it is
Legend has it that The Rev. Elijah Craig chanced upon the technique of charring barrels after an accidental fire in his warehouse. The char imparts flavour into the whiskey such as Vanilla and Caramel.
Does size matter? Makers Mark use 36 inch wide column stills to produce their whiskey. Buffalo Trace use an 84 inch wide continuous still. Regardless of the size, good stills are always made from Copper
In the 1800’s saloon bar owners would buy barrels of whiskey directly from the distillers and would water it down, sometimes adding tobacco juice to make it go further
During aging, a percentage of distillate is lost, some to evaporation, some into the barrel. This is the Angel’s share and the Devil’s cut. The Restless Spirits
The UK has Whisky and the Americans Whiskey. In fact, there is no proper spelling in the United States and Whisky can also be considered the proper spelling there. Don’t believe us? Go and look at a Makers Mark Bottle or any official US Government Whisky legislation where it’s still referred to as Whisky to this very day
Colonel EH Taylor and George T Stagg once sued each other’s companies in court. Both are now iconic brands under the Buffalo Trace label.
Michter’s Distillery tells its customers that George Washington served its whiskey to his troops. This is rather unlikely as Michter’s didn’t exist then. The Distillert was probably the Shenks Distillery in Pennsylvania.
It’s ok to add a little water to your whiskey. It’s meant to be fun and enjoyable after all
Bourbon should have Caramel notes. The char in the barrel imparts both Caramel and Vanilla in all Bourbon as it ages.
Van Winkle 12 year old - Lot B - Charity Auction
Van Winkle 12 year old – Lot B – Charity auction for Mental Health UK and Edale Mountain Rescue
Mental health is a hot topic in today’s, often overwhelming, society. It’s a topic that is, unfortunately, all too close to our hearts here at Restless Spirits and something that we decided we’d like to go a little way in helping to address.
From Sunday June the 20th to Sunday July the 4th we will be running a charity auction for a bottle of Van Winkle 12 year old, Lot B, whiskey with all proceeds being split between two charity organisations. One very very personal to us, Edale Mountain Rescue, and one that is doing fantastic work in mental health awareness in the UK, Mental Health UK.
Edale Mountain Rescue is one of the busiest mountain rescue operations in the United Kingdom. The work they do is truly incredible and its volunteer members work tirelessly to help those in need in some of the most testing conditions and most challenging environments imaginable. They rely upon the support of volunteers and donations to maintain the important work that they do, day or night, rain or shine, 365 days a year.
Mental Health UK provide support, advice, and information to those affected by mental health issues, both directly or indirectly, including friends, family, and carers. Four key mental health charities, including Rethink, Support in Mind Scotland, Mindwaise in NI and Adferiad in Wales, all benefit from the unity and support that the Mental Health UK umbrella provides and money raised goes to training new support staff, funding support groups, and partnership programs with other UK mental health organisations.
Will this Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year old be yours?
We would like to give one of our customers the opportunity to purchase this Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year old Bourbon at the retail price of £89.99. For every purchase that has been made, since we began trading, we will assign one place in our random name selector. One purchase, one chance. Two purchases, two chances, and so forth. This will remain open until midnight on Saturday the 3rd July 2021. We will then make the draw, live on our Facebook page at 18:00 on Sunday the 4th July, Independence Day.
What are the rules?
All quite simple really. Each purchase will equate to your name being listed one time in the random name generator.
There is no limit to how many purchases you can make. Each purchase equals one opportunity. Purchases made up until midnight on Saturday the 3rd of July will be eligible for the draw.
The draw will be made at 18:00, on Sunday the 4th July, live on our company Facebook page. The selected winner will be notified via email immediately after the draw and will have 48 hours to complete the purchase or notify us if unable to immediately do so. We will do everything within reason to ensure that the winner is properly notified. If the winner chooses not to purchase the bottle then a second draw will be made following the same rules.
No alternative item or cash is offered in place of the listed bottle. Standard delivery applies.
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough." [Mark Twain]