Skip to comments.Set 'em up! No curb on bourbon as Americans drown their sorrows
Posted on 02/08/2009 7:55:37 AM PST by stan_sipple
As the economy continues to recede, are cutting back on their liquor with the exception of whiskey.
Sales of bourbons such as Jack Daniels and Makers Mark are bucking a slump in sales of distilled spirits that set in during the final months of last year, according to industry officials.
Its not clear whether in hard economic times drinkers are looking for comfort in the bottom of a glass of Wild Turkey, or whether Americans long enamored with vodka, rum and tequila have rediscovered one of the nations oldest spirits. George Washington had a working still at Mount Vernon.
The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States said that whiskey sales rose 4.3 percent by dollar value and 1.3 percent by volume in 2008. And in a trend contrary to other segments of the alcoholic beverage industry, the expensive stuff, or super premium whiskey, logged the hottest growth. In other areas of the market, consumers are trading down to less-expensive brands, analysts report.
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I guess this is the alcohol drinkers version of “Buy American”.
I have a relative who works for a liquor store. The worse the economy gets, the better their business is.
American whiskey, good quality and much better value, You can get a really premium bourbon for about the price of generic single malt scotch.
Bourbon ping. I’ll be gone ‘till afternoon, but have fun...
Here’s two over ice of Elijah Craig to you...
Jack Daniels is magnificent, but it's not bourbon.
It’s tough to find a good straight rye.
The last Maryland distiller, Pikesville Supreme, closed in the 70’s.
Now it’s this stuff from Kentucky.
And a Rebel Yell to you
A small percentage can be attributed to farmers and/or the farmer's neighbors brewing their own and comparing it to the "real" stuff. So I've heard *hic*.
But why would you want to?
As a Kentucky girl, I have always drunk bourbon. It's a heck of a conversation starter at a bar or party. I'm on an Elijah Craig kick right now, though there is a brand called Russell's Reserve that is great, but we can't always get it at our Soviet State Store in Pennsylvania.
i like Knob Creek, Rebel Yell, and Makers Mark. But also Maccallan and Glenfiddich
Everyone in Washington knew Angelo. You couldn't miss him, with his Italian and made suits and his perma-tan.
Lagavulin for me.
If I have to drink bourbon, I’ll go with Knob Creek, but I’m a single malt scotch man, myself.
Canadian whiskey is much better.
Rittenhouse Rye-100 proof, no less!
Maker’s Mark on the rocks,with a quick splash of ginger ale on top and squeeze a lemon wedge in as well..........Why am I drooling all of a sudden?
It’s barbaric to ruin a fine bourbon by adding trash to it. Just drink it. Woodford Reserve is a bit of heaven on a brisk winter day.
Friday night, I stopped in at the neighborhood liquor store and the parking lot was FULL! We do have a big rodeo going on..but I was still stunned at how many folks were buying liquor. Thinking of buying some liquor stocks Monday morning....lol
From a distance, I thought that label said “ Krupp van Bismark’s family massacre”.
I was thinking...FREAKY, I gotta try me some of that massacre booze!
Geez! American bourbon is the best whiskey on the face of the earth!
More likely, Obama’s fault. Get loaded while you watch your country be taken over by the dictator.
Ok, what do you call it then? And if that’s not bourbon, then what do you call southern comfort?
From Wiki - anyway, it ain't bourbon.
Why look when some brilliant and compassionate FReeper will find it for me? ;)
Thanks, and they ship too!
Jack Daniels is Tennessee Whiskey. It is the charcoal filtering that distinguishes it from bourbon. I’m not big on splitting hairs, but the folks at Jack Daniels are the first to point out that it is not bourbon.
Southern Comfort is a sweetened bourbon-based liqueur.
Too sweet by half, stopped drinking it when I started shaving.
Keep an eye out for Templeton Rye. My BIL gave me a bottle for my birthday in September. Just finished it yesterday. It's not too bad...
Elijah Craig is my favorite. That burnt cask flavor is magnificent.
Jack Daniels (along with George Dickel) is Tennessee Whiskey. It includes a carbon filtering process that's not part of the Bourbon process. That's why it's not Bourbon, and is considered Tennessee Whiskey. As for Southern Comfort, I call it yuck. And, no, it's not Bourbon. It's a combination alcohol that contains fruits and spices as well as whiskey. Again, something not part of the Bourbon process.
And jim beam? What’s that? Vodka?
Late bourbon ping. I was busy entertaining family in town to attend the drowning my new grand-daughter this weekend.
Jim: Tried the Elijah Craig (12) and wasn’t impressed. I’ll try the EC-18 next.
Well, we all have different tastes. That’s what’s great about Bourbon, so many varieties in taste based on the distiller’s own recipe. I’ve tried brands others have written well of and came away unimpressed myself. But thanks for giving it a try...
Not only is JD not distilled in Bourbon County, it’s not even in Kentucky!
Doesn’t Kentucky have bourbon tasting for visitors at the various distilleries? That is something I would like to do.
Jim Beam bourbon was orginially founded by Jacob Beam a German Lutheran immigrant who came to Kentucky in the late 1700s. Elijah Craig, a Baptist minister, is credited with inventing bourbon. It wasn’t until about the 1840s when there was a stigma placed upon alcohol consumption by the Baptists although they remain very fond of bourbon on the sly. Lutherans, meanwhile placed no such stigma on alcohol consumption especially since the beer breweries were mostly run by German Lutherans.
Yes, many of the small-batch distilleries have tasting tours. They might be expensive and remember that there are still some dry counties in KY. That means the tour might advertise as a “tasting tour” but only transport you to few actual tastings.
Remember to spit. Not ‘cuz you’ll get drunk but because of the alcohol content, you can experience palate fatigue much faster. If the tour finishes at the right spot, you can get toasted there!
Another good reason to be a Lutheran (and a non-pietistic one at that!)
There is a “tour” of distilleries. My BIL had a brochure from it a couple years ago that a friend gave him. Looked interesting. It hits all the distilleries in the major distillation area. I think there’s something about it online. I’ll look it up and provide a link later.
My German Lutheran background meant there was always beer in the house. When I was a tyke, my dad allowed me one “airport” bottle of Mogan David Concord Wine on New Year’s Eve to celebrate. I still have beer in the house at all times but drink very little of it. It bloats me too much. I enjoy it after a round of golf, on a warm sunny day outside, or with a fine steak off the grill. Otherwise, I stick to my Bourbon. Two fingers over two cubes does me just right. And I don’t need anything to celebrate, although that always adds to the event...
Oh, have I mentioned cigars?
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