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Episode Six- Whiskey; Sweet, Sweet Whiskey

We continue our series on base spirits. These are the common types of liquors that you’ll most often in cocktail recipes and behind bars. Today we are talking about a spirit that has become extremely popular over the last 5 years, and that is whiskey.

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In today’s Episode…

We briefly go over a few different styles of whiskey and outline some of the taste differences between the styles

Basics of how it’s made

  • Grain is steeped into a tea to develop the sugars
  • This sugary tea is then fermented into “beer”
  • The beer is then distilled and barrel aged

Common Types

Whiskey- can be made anywhere in the world using grain as a base

Bourbon- needs to be 51% corn and aged in New charred oak barrels

Rye-Needs to be 51% rye wheat- like the bread

Single Malt Scotch- starts from “malted grain” and all the malt’s come from a single distillery- each region is known for a specific style

Shopping for Whisky

When shopping for whiskey expect to spend at least $20. Whiskey demand has skyrocketed recently and increased prices across the board on all styles of whiskies

When looking to buy a bourbon, expect to pay at least $25-30. Some great bourbon to pick up for the price is Makers Mark, Bulleit or if you want something with a little spice to it try Buffalo Trace

Rye whiskey has exploded in the last few years and a decent Rye can be difficult to find. Expect to spend $20 to $30 as well for a decent rye. Bulleit makes a great rye as well as Rittenhouse (the bartenders choice) and for a good value, try Old Overholt.

Here are some well known cocktails that use Whiskey:

  • Old Fashioned
  • Mint Julep
  • Whiskey Sour
  • Boulevardier

We’re Drinking Chris’s Favorite drink….the Manhattan


  • 1 1/2 oz Bourbon or Rye
  • 3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters


  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir to chill.
  • Strain into a martini glass or an old fashioned glass filled with ice
  • Garnish with brandied cherry, sometimes I like an orange twist instead

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