Welcome to Dr. Boogie’s Bourbon Experience. Bourbon’s main characteristic is its sweetness, but it’s also a bit smoky due to the charred oak of the barrels it’s aged in. According to MEN’S JOURNAL, “By definition, whiskey (or whisky, in Scotland) is a spirit distilled from fermented grain mash — grain varieties include wheat, rye, barley, and corn — and then aged in wooden barrels. Whiskey is made all over the world and there are many popular styles including Scotch whisky, Irish whiskey, and American whiskey. The most popular form of American whiskey is bourbon, which has its own specific definition. ALSO: The Great Whiskey Heist “Bourbon needs to be produced in America and made from 51 percent corn, and whisky does not,” says Maker’s Mark Master Distiller Greg Davis. Bourbon also needs to be stored in new charred-oak barrels, whereas whiskey barrels do need to be oak but not new or charred. “Lastly, to be called bourbon, the liquid needs to be distilled to no more than 160 proof and entered into the barrel at 125.” For other whiskies the liquid must be distilled to no more than 190 proof. Davis notes that this isn’t just common practice — “it’s actual bourbon law.”
Most of the Bourbons featured here are in the mid or upper prices and all are “Top Shelf” products. Shop around-it’s surprising how much the prices can vary. Other suggestions not pictured below are Blantons (with the collectors top), Knob Creek, Eagle Rare, Black Maple Hill, Bookers, Noah’s Mill. A few of the lower cost but GOOD ones include: Four Roses, Rebel Yell, Evan Williams.
(see photos) Pappy and the Van Winkles know how to do Bourbon right. It is very difficult to get anymore, and if you do it’ll cost you big bucks. Try shaking it with lots of ice then pour into martini glass. When asked what you’re drinking say, “haven’t you ever heard of a ‘dirty martini’?”
At the bar in MGM Grand, Las Vegas this bottle of Van Winkle Family Reserve sells for $1000 a SHOT. And a bottle sells out in a few hours. Buffalo Trace is a relatively good price point for a very good Bourbon. The Stetson was a find. Other favorites 1792 and Clyde May. Maker’s Mark has become a popular not-too-pricy choice. The Maker’s assembly line is where the dip each individual bottle in the red wax. Gotta have GOOD ICE. Buy it at the store or make it with filtered water in giant squares or rounds. High West has some interesting blends, their claim to fame? Bottled in “Park City, Utah” (UTAH? Really??) Most Bourbon people would never mix Bourbon with anything but ice or water. But the Kentucky Mule is a wonderful summer drink. Use a less expensive bottle add Ginger Beer and fresh lime juice. Serve in chilled copper cup. Ginger Beer (non alcoholic) is a big step up from Ginger Ale. Recommended: Cock & Bull in cans (also available as diet)