Whiskey When We’re Dry: A Thirsty Journey Through America’s Best Distilleries
If you’re a fan of the wonderful world of whiskey, then you’ve probably already heard about Whiskey When We’re Dry. This book, written by John Larison, takes you on an adventure through America’s most iconic distilleries. From Jack Daniel’s to Jim Beam, Buffalo Trace to Maker’s Mark, each visit offers a unique view of the distilling process and the passion behind each brand.
So, let’s grab a glass and dive into this thirsty journey with a few sips of whiskey history.
The Origin of Whiskey
Whiskey has been an American classic for centuries, but its origins are traced back to ancient civilizations. It is believed that the first whiskey was made in the Middle East over a thousand years ago. The Arab world is credited for passing on the knowledge of distilling spirits to Europe. When Irish monks traveled to the continent, they brought with them the art of making whiskey, and it quickly became a popular drink.
Fast forward to the 1700s when whiskey production became an industry in the United States. Farmers were growing grains like barley and rye in abundance, and distilling their whiskey became a source of income. Today, the whiskey industry has grown into a multi-billion dollar business.
What Makes American Whiskey Unique?
If you’ve ever enjoyed a glass of whiskey, you know that each sip is an experience. So, what makes American whiskey unique? The answer lies in the distilling process.
Most American whiskey is made from a mash bill that contains corn, rye, barley, and wheat. The combination of these grains creates a distinct flavor profile that is perfect for cocktails or a simple sip. The whiskey is then aged in barrels made of American oak, which gives the whiskey its signature flavors and aromas.
One of the unique aspects of American whiskey is that it is regulated by law. In 1964, the United States Congress declared that whiskey could only be label as whiskey if it was distilled from a fermented mash of grain, aged in charred oak barrels for at least two years, and bottled at a specific alcohol content.
John Larison’s Whiskey When We’re Dry
Whiskey When We’re Dry is a book that will make you fall in love with whiskey all over again. John Larison takes you on a journey through American distilleries, sharing stories of the founders and master distillers behind each brand. From the corn fields of Kentucky to the hills of Tennessee, each visit is an adventure.
Some highlights of the book include:
Jim Beam is one of the most recognizable names in the whiskey industry. Founded in 1795, this Kentucky-based distillery has been producing quality bourbon for over two centuries. The Jim Beam tour takes you through the distillery and showcases the aging process of the bourbon. You’ll be amazed at how much the aging process impacts the flavor and color of the whiskey.
Buffalo Trace is known for producing some of the best bourbon in Kentucky. Their tours are informative and engaging, taking you through the entire distilling process. You’ll also learn about the history of the distillery and its connections to the American Revolution.
Maker’s Mark is a unique distillery that prides itself on being different. The tour takes you through the entire process of making their famous bourbon, including the signature wax sealing of each bottle. You’ll also learn about the history of the distillery and how it has evolved over the years.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re new to the world of whiskey, you might have a few questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers.
What is the difference between whiskey and bourbon?
Bourbon is a type of whiskey that is distilled from at least 51% corn and aged in charred American oak barrels. To be considered bourbon, the mash bill cannot contain any additives or coloring agents.
What does the term “proof” mean?
Proof is a term used to describe the alcoholic strength of a whiskey. The proof is double the percentage of alcohol by volume. For example, a whiskey that is 50% alcohol by volume is 100 proof.
What is the best way to drink whiskey?
There is no right or wrong way to drink whiskey. Some people prefer it neat, which means served at room temperature with no ice or mixers. Others prefer it on the rocks, or with a splash of water. It all comes down to personal preference.
Whiskey When We’re Dry is a must-read for any whiskey lover. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the world of whiskey, this book will take you on a journey through America’s best distilleries. Cheers to a great glass of whiskey, and the passion and history behind each sip!