Johnny Carson on Whiskey

“Happiness is having a rare steak, a bottle of whisky, and a dog to eat the rare steak.”  Johnny Carson  
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“Civilization started with distillation.” – Justin King, Master Distiller, Ole Smoky Distillery
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Winston Churchill: Thoughts on Whiskey

Thoughts on whiskey: “The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learned to like it.”Photo from Life Hack
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Ava Gardner: Thoughts on Whiskey

Thoughts on whiskey: ‎”I wish to live to 150 years old, but the day I die, I wish it to be with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whiskey in the other.”  
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9 Famous Whiskey Quotes to Inspire Your Next Drink

There’s nothing more satisfying than a good whiskey after a long, hard day. Actually, there’s nothing more satisfying than a good whiskey, period.In honor of this spirit, we have put together 9 famous quotes by people who loved whiskey just as much as you.“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” – Mark Twain “My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.&...
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USDA/FAS Grain: World Markets and Trade Report, January 2014

A link to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and FAS (Foreign Agriculture Service) updated information on the markets and trade of grain worldwide.  For rye, see pages 31-33.
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Production Process

The typical grain mixture for bourbon, known as the mash bill, is a minimum of 51% corn, with the remainder being wheat, rye, and/or malted barley.[1] A mash bill that contains wheat instead of rye produces what is known as a wheated bourbon. The grain is ground and mixed with water. Usually, though not always, mash from a previous distillation is added to ensure a consistent pH across batches, and a mash produced in that manner is referred to as...
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Bourbon Defined

Bourbon whiskey is a type of American whiskey – a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn. The name of the spirit derives from its historical association with an area known as Old Bourbon, around what is now Bourbon County, Kentucky (which, in turn, was named after the French House of Bourbon royal family). It has been produced since the 18th century.[1] While it may be made anywhere in the United States, it is strongly associated with the American South in general, and Kentu...
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September Rye Harvest Notes

Harvest in Canada is wrapping up, albeit a bit slower than average.  This past (2013-2014), we have seen rye exports out of Canada decrease by 38%.  Domestic usage in Canada has also decreased by 19%.  Because of these decreases, the carryout from this past crop year is now projected to be 49,000 metric tonnes.  Movement of rye into the US is very slow, albeit steady.  And despite weakness in the overall grain market, rye prices remain steady due to a continuing low...
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Bourbo-geddon? Whiskey Demand at All-Time High

We believe it is important to be on top of Bourbon inventory levels. This article sheds some light on supply and demand.Blame the new urban bartenders, those pretentiously mustachioed hipsters who’ve sold us on shifting our taste buds upmarket. While once we contented ourselves with a margaritas made from glow-in-the-dark mixers, in today’s cocktail culture we fetishize Manhattans sourced from Brooklyn’s craft distilleries and top them with artisanal, organic her...
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