I have a new go-to drink and its whiskey. In my 62 years, I remember trying it once and thinking it was nothing special. Then I had the opportunity to visit Denver, Colorado, and go on a whiskey tasting tour. I got a history lesson but more importantly, I learned there is a special way to drink it to get the full experience and taste. Science is actually involved and a chemical reaction is required to bring out the flavor but more about that later. All I can say is I am hooked. WHY IS IT A WOMEN’S DRINK? • No Fat • Low Carb (Standard shot contains .04g in the form of sugar which is transformed into energy as soon as it enters the body.) • Antioxidant (contains ellagic acid) • Delicious taste • A certain cache or aura of sophistication is added when ordering a whiskey! WHAT IS WHISKEY? Whiskey is any booze distilled from fermented grain mash except for corn, which does not need to be aged. There are five ingredients: water, grain, yeast, oak barrels, and time. Whiskey is distilled at a minimum of 40% and a maximum of 94.8% alcohol by volume (ABV). There are different types of whiskeys: • Bourbon – is made in the US, 51% from corn. After being distilled, the spirit must be stored at no more than 125 proof, for a minimum two years • Tennessee Whiskey – most famous is Jack Daniels, same as bourbon, but put through a charcoal filtering process • Scotch – must be made in Scotland, from malted barley, aged in oak casks for no less than three years, typically 4 years, ABV less than 94.8 • Rye - Canada distills rye and has since the country was first settled. It is produced with varying corn-rye ratios as there are no rules in place regarding the minimum amount of rye mash. Alberta Premium is 100% rye. • Irish Whiskey - from the republic of Ireland or Northern Island distilled to 94.8, aged in wooden casks for three years. 10
MY TWO FAVORITE DENVER WHISKEYS • Stranahans Single Malt: It is the number one American single barley malt whiskey in the US. It uses Rocky Mountain water to cut to 94 proof. Handcrafted in a non-chill filtered system. • A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon: Bottled at 95 proof, aged minimum three years in new oak barrels, it marries corn and Colorado wheat, rye, and barley. Won 2016 Silver Medal at San Francisco’s World Spirits competition. This video covers different types of whiskey in depth. 11
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