Bourbon: review 8 brands + sub-brands
Bourbon is a real American alcoholic drink, which is produced mainly from corn. Interestingly, the only state in America where the production of this drink is allowed at the legislative level is Kentucky. Most lovers of amber spirits often confuse whiskey with bourbon, but in order to find out once and for all which brands belong to bourbon, we will conduct a brief overview of the brightest and most interesting representatives of this category
.Jim Beam This is the most famous bourbon in the world. Although in 1795, when Jacob Beam prepared the very first batch of drink for the sample, he did not count on such success. According to experts, one of the main success factors of this bourbon is a special yeast recipe, which Jake himself derived almost 225 years ago. They are used to this day for the production of Jim Beam. In America, by the decision of the Senate, this brand of bourbon was awarded the title of national drink.Other brands of bourbon are also produced at the Jim Beam plant: Red Stag Basil Hayden’s Knob Creek Booker’s Baker’s Maker’s Mark This is a special premium bourbon variety that is produced in a limited edition of no more than 19 barrels per year. In 1840, the Maker’s Mark plant built the recipe maker Bill Samuels, but the first bottle of bourbon was sold only 118 years later in 1958.
The brand’s corporate identity was developed by Bill’s wife, she came up with the original brandy bottle shape, and the main authenticity of the drink is the flowing red wax on the neck of the bottle. Blanton’s This is a unique bourbon variety that is produced almost by hand. This is a pure drink without various additives and blending blends. It is bottled straight from the barrel, and then clogged.From one such barrel, no more than 250 bottles are obtained and each of them is assigned its own individual number.
The creator of Blanton’s bourbon is Albert Blanton, who invented the single barrel technology. For 50 long years he worked and studied and in 1984 finally started the production of the legendary drink. There is a horse and jockey figurine on the cork of the bottle, which is Blanton’s recognized bourbon trademark. In Kentucky, horse breeding traditions are as strong as the tradition of bourbon production. In addition to the horse and jockey, different letters are engraved on the statuette of each bottle, from which you can make the word BLANTONS. Woodford Reserve The premium brand of American bourbon, produced in limited quantities at the distillery, formerly called Old Crow Distillery.
James Christopher Crowe built it in 1812 in Kentucky. But after a stunning success, after some time the distillery went into oblivion. The second life of the bourbon gave the company Brown-Forman. She bought and restored the plant in 1995 and resumed the production of Woodford Reserve drink according to the old recipe of James. The blend of the drink includes about 40 varieties of single malt and grain whiskey, the minimum aging period of which is 6 years. Wild Turkey Classic bourbon, which is no less popular than the Jim Beam. The history of the drink began in 1855, then Austin Nicole was the owner of a rather successful shop that specialized in the sale of alcohol, spices and coffee. And in order to diversify his assortment, Austin developed his own bourbon recipe and launched it for sale (until 1870, the drink was sold exclusively in barrels).
The modern name of the brand appeared in 1940, thanks to the hunters on wild turkeys. They liked the taste of bourbon so much that they suggested calling it “Wild Turkey”. Today, this brand is owned by an Italian manufacturer of wine, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages – Gruppo Campari. Four Roses This is a great bourbon, which is produced in America, and bottled in Scotland. But by chance, this drink is completely unpopular in the United States and there is practically nothing they know about it. Since the 50s, this brand has been largely exported to Europe and Asia. Production and sale of this bourbon began in 1860, and official registration of the Four Roses trademark occurred only in 1888. Today, the owner of the brand is Four Roses Distillery LLC, it is gradually trying to return the legendary whiskey to the US market.
Kentucky Tavern The legendary bourbon Kentucky Tavern created and established the production of James Thompson in 1900. Excerpt bourbon takes place in white oak barrels, the wood of which is considered one of the best for long aging strong drinks. Wood has high strength and exceptional level of vanilla notes. Now the Kentucky Tavern brand and the right to manufacture and sell the drink belongs to Sazerac. Johnny Drum This is an outstanding bourbon, which is made in Bardstown, Kentucky, by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers Ltd. Johnny Drum was awarded the Double Gold Medal at the World Spirits Competition, which was held in San Francisco in 2010.