What is the meaning of all the bottle jargon?

What is the meaning of all the bottle jargon?

As clarified in a previous post, we are readily aware of the difference between Bourbon and Whiskey. But what does all this jargon on the bottle? (Even Consultant Joe asked about different terms and I responded “ I don’t know”. Then I received my Father’s Day  T-shirt from my daughter proudly stating “I DRINK BOURBON AND I KNOW THINGS” so I did some research,,photo of t-shirt to follow) The issue of Whiskey Advocate provides a Bourbon decoding. By the way I can recommend a couple of distillery women if they include a whisky centerfold. (Yes, properly dressed) “As true advocates of whiskey we are aware that bourbon must be produces in the U.S. (well, until trump figures out a way to ruin that too) And made primarily of corn and aged a new charcoal oak barrel.  With homage to Kentucky, the general rule true bourbon is distilled in Kentucky but we are passionate about Bourbon/Whiskey from throughout the country. Straight Bourbon is aged a least two years in new charcoal oak, while Bottled in Bond bourbon comes from one distillery, was made in one distilling season, is 100 proof , and was aged at least four years. Since we are purists beware of words like “flavored with” “with natural flavors” and “blended” The declaration of Age represents the youngest whiskey in the bottle . Bourbon under four years old must list it’s age. Look closely, years, months, and even hours are acceptable measures of age. The State of Distillation must be listed if it differs from the producer’s state.  This can reveal if a bourbon was sourced (not distilled) by the producer. Usually at the bottom a Batch Number suggests that the flavor varies across batches. Likewise Single Barrel bourbon comes from one barrel, offering a unique flavor and a limited number of bottles. Unique bottle numbers do not describe the contents , but can help thwart counterfeits. These terms are not regulated but can provide useful clues about your whiskey Sour Mash  is a fermentation technique used by most bourbon distillers in which leftover material from a previous distillation benefits the fermentation of the next batch. Finished  bourbon enters a secondary barrel following it’s initial maturation to add flavors. Non-Chill Filtered bourbon means more flavor and this is a good thing. Pot Distilled indicates bourbon made using a batch process. Pot stills tend to produce a more robust flavor.” Small Batch and Hand Crafted are a bit ambiguous but they sound cool. Not held to a particular meaning. A distiller is welcomed to correct me on this well or on anything. Thank you again for the information Whiskey Advocate Summer 2018

More fun and accurate Whiskey History (No fake news )

The Mississippi Whiskey Toast and yes his name was “Soggy” Sweat and yes prohibition was alive and well in Mississippi in 1952 and yes the toast became famous when you want to look at both sides.  To accompany the  toast, I  recommend John Emerald Alabama Whiskey or Clyde May Alabama Prohibition Recipe  (Clyde May review coming soon) or in the West how about Wyoming Whiskey. By the way Jim Lewis, Attorney and Bourbon Consultant will provide a review on Wyoming Whiskey    Now -Who was Judge Sweat:

Sweat was elected to the House in 1947, at the age of 24. He served only one term, at the end of which he delivered his speech.

He subsequently pursued his career in law. Judge Sweat was the founder of the Mississippi Judicial College of the University of Mississippi Law Center.[3] The writer John Grisham worked as his assistant as a law student in 1980.

According to William Safire, Sweat’s nickname was derived from the phrase “sorghum top”, a reference to the way in which his hair resembled a sugar cane tassel.[4]

He died in 1996 in Alcorn County, Mississippi after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.[2]

The “whiskey speech” concerned the question of the prohibition of alcoholic liquor, a law that was still in force in Mississippi at the time the speech was delivered.

My Thanks to Wikipedia for footnotes

My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, this is how I feel about whiskey:

If when you say whiskey you mean the devil’s brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, and despair, and shame and helplessness, and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it.

But, if when you say whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips, and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman’s step on a frosty, crispy morning; if you mean the drink which enables a man to magnify his joy, and his happiness, and to forget, if only for a little while, life’s great tragedies, and heartaches, and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm; to build highways and hospitals and schools, then certainly I am for it.

This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise.

Sweat later recalled, “When I finished the first half of the speech, there was a tremendous burst of applause. The second half of the speech, after the close of which, the wets all applauded. The drys were as unhappy with the second part of the speech as the wets were with the first half”.[2]