Rye: The Benefits of Cover Crops

Cover crops are an important part of the agricultural industry. They have been used for hundreds of years as a natural way to maintain and protect soil. Cover crops, also referred to as, “green manure,” are hardy plants that are planted to cover and protect bare soil, usually after the fall harvest or before crops are grown in the spring.  Bare soil is vulnerable to elements such as wind and rain, weeds, pests, and loss of nutrients. Benefits of Cover CropsCover crops offer...
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The Whisky Process is What Gives Each Country It’s Own Flavor

The proper storage of grains is crucial in the distillery process. Without having the grain storage system in place, you could be compromising the quality of the grains used to produce your product. Take a look at the three major whisky distilling countries and see how each process distinguishes itself from the others.Scottish WhiskyFrom the cliffs and moors of Scotland, you will find nearly 100 distilleries scattered throughout the country. This is the largest amount of distilleries in a single...
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The Art of Drinking Whiskey

So you want to drink some whiskey?You may enjoy a glass in the comfort of your own home, but do you really know how to drink it properly in public?  Just like anything else in this world, there is a certain culture that comes with drinking whiskey.  There is an art that accompanies the glass.  If you want to be taken seriously as a whisky drinker, there are some basic things you need to know about your beverage and the social expectations that go with it.  Don’t wo...
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How Does Climate Impact Bourbon Production?

When it comes to purchasing grain from a rye grain supplier, climate is one of many factors that play a key role in the process. Climate affects everything from the production of the grain all the way to energy being used to produce the bourbon. Here are three ways in which the climate may impact the environment or how the distilling process impacts the environment itself.  Grain ProductionThinking about how the grain production process is impacted by climate change due to the effects ...
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Whisky vs. Whiskey

Have you ever noticed that they are two different spellings of whiskey?  Well, here is your chance to gain a little more knowledge.  The spelling of “whisky” without the ‘e’ is used for whiskys produced solely in Scotland.  It has been said that it is spelled without the “e” because the Scots believe that the extra letter wastes perfectly good drinking time.The rest of the whiskey producers in the world use the spelling of “whiskey&rd...
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How to Fully Enjoy Your Whiskey

In conjunction with our blog “The Art of Whiskey” post, here is a piece of knowledge that can help you enjoy your glass of whiskey to it’s fullest.  The grains supplied for each type of whiskey impact the drinking experience just as much as the whiskey-making process does.  Give it a sniff – So even before you take your first sip…smell the beverage.  Nosing the whiskey will inform your palette of what to expect.  Take it the smell and ...
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The Whiskey Rebellion

The history of whiskey dates back centuries.  It is often said that this distillation process was started amongst Christian monks in both Ireland and Scotland during the 11th and 13th centuries.  The practice became privatized when King Henry VIII removed all of the monasteries in Scotland.  This left the monks without an income, so they started private distilleries and rye grain services that spread across the country.  The process continued to grow and expand...
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7 Awesome Health Benefits of Rye: The World’s Healthiest Grain

Rye has been grown in countries with colder climates- Russia, Scandinavia, Poland- since its cultivation in around 400 B.C. because it has the ability to grow in virtually any soil and climate.Often referred to as, “the poverty grain,” rye was seen as a food for the lower class, and back in the day, the nobility nibbled on the richer wheat bread while peasants filled themselves with the coarser, heavier, but also healthier, rye bread.Rye continues to flourish in many European countri...
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What Makes Whiskey Qualify as a Rye?

Prior to the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791, rye was the most popular grain distilled by American farmers and breweries.  Its simplicity to grow and overall resiliency helped bolster its popularity—the rye grain supplier had a hefty demand to fill as post-Revolutionary Americans filled their glasses with rye whiskey.  Business was booming for the rye grain company and the outlook was sunny.  Rye Whiskey Takes a HitEnter in liquor taxation and the eventual illegaliz...
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Brooks Grain – celebrating the rye merchants of the past

According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the oldest whisky in existence is believed to have been bottled in Ballindaloch, Scotland at the Glenavon Distillery. Although it is difficult to pinpoint exactly, it is believed to have been bottled some time between 1851 and 1858.The bottle is green and smaller than most and contains 14 fl oz (roughly 400 ml). It has been passed along through the generations by a family in Ireland.The label reads “Glenavon – Special Liqueur Whisk...
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