Some bourbons that continue to gain market share in the premium segment are Maker's Mark, Woodford Reserve and Knob Creek. Other craft labels, such as Willet, Wathen's and Blanton's, also continue to gain popularity.
Top brands of bourbon include Jim Bean, Ridgemont Reserve and Blanton’s. Specific bourbons includeJim Beam's Devil’s Cut Bourbon Whiskey 6 YO, 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky and Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit, Four Roses Small Batch, Basil Hayden's and Angel's Envy are some good bourbons. Others include Hudson Baby and Woodford Reserve Master's Collection.
Making bourbon involves fermenting a mixture of corn, rye, barley and sometimes wheat, then distilling the resulting alcohol. In the United States, the mixture must be at least 51 percent corn to be defined as bourbon.
In 2014, Blanton's Gold Edition bourbon whiskey won the coveted Bourbon Trophy at the International Wine and Spirit competition, making it one of the country's highest-rated bourbons. Gayot rates Elijah Craig 21-year-old single-barrel and Jefferson's Presidential Select 21-year-old among the best bo
Michter's 10-year Single Barrel, E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof, Knob Creek Single Barrel, Booker's Small Batch and William Larue Weller are some of the top-rated Kentucky bourbons by Forbes magazine, as of 2015. The bourbons selected have a wide range of flavors, aromatic presence and proof.
Aberlour A'bunadh, Glenliven Nadurra Oloroso, 96 Chivas Regal 18 Year, 96 Dewar's 18 and Glendronach 15-Year Revival are some top-rated Scotch whiskeys, as of 2015, according to GearPatrol.com and WineMag.com. Balvenie Caribbean Cask and Aberfeldy 12 are two other top-rated Scotch whiskeys.
Whiskey, along with vodka, rum and gin, does not contain any added sugars. In addition, beer does not contain any sugar either. Choosing hard liquor, wine or beer opposed to mixed cocktails can assist individuals in consuming less sugar in their diets.
A shot of bourbon contains approximately 100 calories, when it is 40 percent alcohol and 80 proof. However, the exact calorie count may depend on the specific brand.
Some drinks that mix well with whiskey are 7-Up, Coca-Cola and water. Popular drink recipes that use whiskey include a Manhattan, whiskey sour, old fashioned, Algonquin cocktail, Irish coffee and mint julep.