Sep 16, 2021
In this fascinating deep dive on
American Whiskey, some of the topics I discuss with author and
spirits judge Eric Zandona include:
- A quick rundown of a few pivotal points in our
country’s whiskey history, including “The Taft Decision” and the
pioneering female distiller who made her mark on the sour mash
- How early geographical and climatic constraints
set the stage for the traditional whiskey styles that would come to
define local drinking cultures in various regions of the
- Then, we get regional. We talk about the
differences between Pennsylvania-style and Maryland-style rye
whiskey, we look at Texas’s unique barrel aging conditions, and we
investigate the funky, new world Single Malts of the Pacific
- We also talk about some emerging legislation at
the state level that classifies certain geographically limited
categories, like Kentucky Bourbon, Tennessee Whiskey, and the new
and intriguing Missouri Bourbon category.
- Along the way, we talk about why craft whiskey
is so much better than it was five years ago, why more people
should be talking about barrel entry proof, who serves the best
Martini in London, and much, much more.
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