01 Feb HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR BOURBON?
So you have sipped the brown stuff while having your steak or at Happy Hour with the boys or girls. But how well do you really know your Bourbon? Are you a connoisseur of the finer things in life? Nothing says refinement and class like a finely aged glass of whiskey. Here are a few facts we are sure you will remember next time you’re enjoying your Bourbon whiskey.
The Name Has Royal Roots
The House of Bourbon was French royalty that ruled over France and Spain as well as other European countries. Thomas Jefferson named the county in Kentucky Bourbon because of his love for all things French. Thus the county gave its name to the famous drink.
Not All Bourbon Whisky Comes From Kentucky
So does that mean some is made here? Well not exactly. It is estimated that about 95% of global Bourbon comes from Kentucky but it can also be made in other states. No word yet on whether or not Nairobi has a Bourbon distillery but we stock some of Kentucky’s finest so no need for panic.
There are Strict Rules
To be called Bourbon, the government is pretty strict about the content. By official government mandate Bourbon must be made from at least 51% corn. (That’s maize to you and I). You could say you are sipping on some fancy maize but you shouldn’t. In fact forget that we mentioned that.
Age Is Just A Number
Unlike the drinker, Bourbon doesn’t need to be a certain age. But to be called straight Bourbon it must have sat for at least two years and can’t have any added flavors or colors. When it is mixed with other flavours and colours it is known as blended Bourbon.
Bourbon barrels can only be used once.
Bourbon whiskey has to be aged in brand-new, charred oak barrels that must be discarded after the aging process is complete. It’s like a match made in whiskey heaven.
We can thank Bourbon for drinking straws
Yeah. We didn’t believe this one also but it’s a pretty fun fact. Until the 1880’s cocktails were sipped through a hollow stalk of ryegrass. While drinking a Mint Julep, it occurred to Marvin Stone that paper would do better than the grass. He went on to invest the drinking straw.
And that’s about it. Drop one of these facts next time you are at Happy Hour at Artcaffe. It kicks off at 4 pm daily and we recommend that you ask for the Mint Julep which we make from some amazing Bulleit Bourbon.