Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Did you know?

Did you know that, according to its manufacturer, Jack Daniels is not a bourbon? Rather it is a Tennessee Whiskey, filtered through 10 feet of sugar maple charcoal, before aging.

A technicality, really.


Anonymous WL said...

Bourbon originates from Kentucky only or so the Kentuckians would want it to be. So Tenessee Jack is technically Whiskey. Too bad for the French, Champagne is not location respected the same way!

Fri Jan 02, 08:49:00 AM EST  
Blogger Smashed said...

Actually, only 95% of Bourbon is produced in Kentucky - according to Wikipedia, it has also been produced in the following states: Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia.

And from the bourbon FAQ:
Jack Daniel's, is not considered a bourbon because it is charcoal-mellowed -- slowly, drop by drop, filtered through sugar-maple charcoal -- prior to aging, which many experts say gives it a different character. The process, called the Lincoln County Process, infuses a sweet and sooty character into the distillate as it removes impurities. But up to and after the charcoal filtering, the Jack Daniel's production is much the same as any other Bourbon. Jack Daniel's and George Dickel are two fine Tennessee Whiskeys though neither can be called bourbon.

Fri Jan 02, 11:05:00 AM EST  

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