whiskey

The Salt
12:56 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

It's Not Tennessee Whiskey If It's Aged In Kentucky, State Says

New regulations on what can be called "Tennessee whiskey" have sparked a fight between the makers of Jack Daniel's and George Dickel, two best-selling brands.
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Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 11:10 am

Tennessee whiskey comes from Tennessee, Scotch comes from Scotland, and tequila hails from Mexico.

Simple, right?

Well, actually, no. The latest chapter in the Tennessee whiskey wars revolves around the finer points of making whiskey in the Volunteer State — specifically, where you take the spirit to age.

The kerfuffle began in 2013, as NPR's Scott Simon explained earlier this spring, when the state Legislature decided to specify what exactly qualifies as Tennessee whiskey.

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Good Reads
3:09 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

How Bourbon Become a Unique Product of Kentucky Heritage

Michael Veach is the Associate Curator of Special Collections at The Filson Historical Society in Louisville. He's also the only professional bourbon historian in the country and has recently written a book titled Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage. In the book, Veach reveals the true story of how bourbon became a unique product in Kentucky heritage. Kate Lochte spoke with Veach for Sounds Good. Click here to purchase the book on Amazon.

Society
7:46 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Maker's Mark to Restore Alcohol Content to Whiskey

Credit kybourbon.com

After backlash from customers, the producer of Maker's Mark bourbon is reversing a decision to cut the amount of alcohol. The company's chief operating officer says they will restore the alcohol volume of its product to its historic level of 45 percent, or 90 proof. Last week, it said it was lowering the amount to 42 percent, or 84 proof, because of a supply shortage. 

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Business
11:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Bourbon Sales Up

kybourbon.com

Kentucky’s bourbon production has increased 115% over the past 13 years according to the Kentucky Distiller’s Association. 

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Good Reads
11:46 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Good Read: Chasing the White Dog by Max Watman

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Environment
8:36 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Lawsuit Alleges Damages From “Whiskey Fungus”

A lawsuit filed today in federal court alleges a black substance coating the homes of residents in some areas of Louisville is caused by whiskey distilling.

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Whiskey Making
8:00 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Genetically-Modified Corn Nearly Unavoidable in Bourbon Distilling

Nearly 90 percent of the corn in this country is genetically-modified. And as using genetically-modified—or GM—corn becomes increasingly popular in everyday foods, more people are becoming concerned about potential ill effects on human health and the environment.

Besides being used in food, that corn is also finding its way into Kentucky’s signature spirit: bourbon.

In the grain room at the Four Roses Distillery, master distiller Jim Rutledge is pours corn kernels into a small glass.

“I’m just going to heat this up,” he says.

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