Welcome back to The Cask! This is the fourth edition of The Cask and I welcome you back to review another fine whiskey! If you missed the third edition of The Cask check it out here:
Today we're going to discuss a Bourbon Whiskey for the first time - Big House Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
So let's talk a little about what "Bourbon" is. Purists believe Bourbon should only be distilled in Kentucky with natural "Iron Free" water from Bourbon County. This is a battle that's raged for a long time, and points quite commonly at Jack Daniels - which of course is from Tennessee. Jack Daniels technically could be labeled as a Straight Bourbon Whiskey because of the regulations below, but they won't even claim it, simply marketed as Tennessee Whiskey. There are a few requirements set by US Law as what constitutes Bourbon (and these laws only apply to Bourbon sold in the US and Canada). They are:
- Must be produced in the US
- Made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn
- Aged in new, American charred oak barrels
- Distilled to no more than 160 (U.S.) proof
- Entered into the barrel for aging at no more than 125 proof
- Bottled (like other whiskeys) at 80 proof or more
- It must be aged for a minimum of 2 years.
- No coloring or flavoring may be added to Straight Bourbon Whiskey
So why did we cover that much info about Bourbon? Well, to be honest, a lot of people don't have any idea how Bourbon is different from other American Whiskey. It's a lot easier to say Scotch and people instantly associate it as "oh yeah, Whiskey made in Scotland", same goes for Irish and Canadian.
"MontegoMan - Enough with the Bourbon lesson! Does it taste good?!" Is I'm sure what you're saying by now, so, on to the ratings!
Price: $22.99 - Inexpensive
As far as Bourbon's go, it's one of the least expensive you can find. The only bottle I can think of for less money would be Jim Beam at around $18 a bottle.
Quality: Ice Sipper - 3
If you remember from the last edition of The Cask, here's the way I do the rankings, 1 being the best.
- Rocks Sipper
- Ice Sipper
So part of my quality ranking is a bit skewed on this one, and I admit that. The flavor of Bourbon isn't my favorite. That doesn't speak to this Bourbon though, but all of them. For a true Bourbon drinker, I feel the quality of this could easily be a #2. For me? I need some actual Ice to turn to water with Bourbon. This is good Bourbon and a good price for it. It's actually my first recommendation when someone is looking for a Bourbon to try. Also, it has a nice friendly 90 proof (45% abv) vs your typical 80 proof. It's smooth, it's strong, and it is definitely not short on flavor.
If you're looking for a nice Bourbon - I will definitely recommend Big House Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
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