24 September 2015

Bourbon Tasting - Between Wild Turkey and American Honey

Stronger and sweeter. Well-aged and better quality. That is what Bourbon is all about compare to other whiskeys. It has to be distilled from at least 51% corn, aged at least two years in new charred oak barrels and contains nothing but distilled water. Bourbon can only be made in America, and most of them are produced in Kentucky.

When you go to a Bourbon bar, try this password to open its barrel of happiness. 
Neat for only Bourbon. 
Rocks for the Bourbon with ice. 
Straight up for shaken or stirred with ice and strained into a glass. 
Cocktail for mixing it with any other drinks.

Recently, I receive an invitation to taste and compare 5 kinds of Bourbon from Wild Turkey - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey by Master Distiller Jimmy Russell and Master Distiller Eddie Russell. From the event that night, I learn that tasting the Bourbon is just like tasting the wine and coffee. 
First of all, you need to check its color that tells you about its age. More color means it is well-aged. 
Secondly, you need to smell and taste it too. These words will come out from your senses: woody, vanilla, caramel, leather, tobacco, honey, etc. 
And at the end, you need to tell how you feel after drinking it. Smooth or kicking? Spicy or hot?

Wild Turkey 101 Proof - Bourbon is the first one ever produced. Its color is deep amber. Its taste is full and bold. There are oak and coffee flavors in between the smell. The brown sugar and tobacco after-taste bring a stronger kick.

Wild Turkey 81 Proof - Bourbon has a mellow characteristic. Its color is lighter than Wild Turkey 101. It smells and tastes like burnt caramel and almonds.

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon is bottled directly from a variety of barrels. Its color is darker than Wild Turkey 101. It smells like tobacco. It tastes like spices in our kitchen. Chillies, black pepper and ginger. Spicy and hot.

Master's Keep - a Bourbon 17 Years in the Making, looks a bit clear with its light brown color. Its aroma is like caramel. Its taste is between spices and oak.

Wild Turkey American Honey is a mix between pure honey and real Wild Turkey Bourbon Whiskey. It tastes smooth and sweet, with a smell of caramel and orange. This is definitely my favorite one!

At the end of that night, I also learn that the Bourbon works better than a man. When the Bourbon is getting older, its taste is getting better. When a man is getting older, there must be one thing from him that is not working properly. So, ladies, when your man is broken, it is the right time for you to turn to a Bourbon.

Enjoy your drink, everybody!

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