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  1. TheDean
    November 25, 2016 @ 9:02 pm

    I hate for my first contribution to be so negative, but, Straight Rye cannot, by law, be Bourbon. They are mutually exclusive. Bourbon, by law, is made from a mash of at least 51% corn.

    The bottle of Woodford you show, is a Straight Rye Whiskey—not bourbon. So it can’t be “one of the better bourbons out there, as it is NOT bourbon.

    Bourbon’s secondary grain can be Rye. There are high Rye bourbons (as much as 27%, maybe higher). Low rye bourbons (10%, or less). There are wheated bourbons, where wheat replaces rye as the second grain. But all bourbon is at least 51% corn.

    On the other hand, the mash bill for Rye made in the USA is at least 51% rye—some as high as 95%, or more. As you can see, Rye whiskey cannot also by Bourbon whiskey, by definition.

    I’d think someone rating whisky, and whiskey, would have these basic facts.

    • Alex Bean
      November 26, 2016 @ 8:31 am

      you are correct sir! and we do know all those facts. our mistake. in fact, we spent most of the day while drinking it talking about the definition of bourbon. call it post-turkey day l-tryptophan syndrome.

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