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  1. #1
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    That terrific KY terroir

    If terroir is defined as the influence of place on taste, just how significant is the KY terroir on the great taste of bourbon? The distillery tour guides always point to the wonderful limestone springs (or the Kentucky River) that yield iron-free water. And the marvelous KY climate that has just enough hot and cold to drive the whiskey in and out of the barrels. And even to the locally grown corn that has those nice, long dents that, somehow or other, are superior to all the other corn in the known universe.
    Still (so to speak), we know that before 1792 (or whenever) Americans were making whiskey all over the place. G. Washington even had to go put down a rebellion in PA because the distillers didn't like the tax. (Just picture that happening today.) G. himself made whiskey at Mt. Vernon.
    Today, bourbon is made in IN, CO, and TX and Lord knows where else. (I don't know how to count bourbon distilled at BT and supposedly distilled again and aged in VA.) Seems like the Old Boys would have made whiskey no matter where they settled but, by fortunate happenstance, they settled in KY. The water is pretty good in Tennessee but their whisk(e)y ain't quite exactly bourbon. Why aren't we drinking Iowa Straight Bourbon Whiskey? There's an awful lot of corn in I-o-way.
    So, the question for SBers is, do you think there is really something terrific about KY or do we just love KY Straight Bourbon Whiskey because we are slaves to tradition?
    If God made anything better than bourbon he must have kept it for Hisself.

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    Re: That terrific KY terroir

    What I think is there's a reason why heretics were burned at the stake.

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    Re: That terrific KY terroir

    When someone, somewhere else starts making it consistently better than they do here, then I'll start drinking it.

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    Re: That terrific KY terroir

    Sean, what are you saying? Have you considered shipping costs from the Twilight Zone?

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    Re: That terrific KY terroir

    No but yummmmmmmm Twilight Terroir. Now that's gotta be worth something.

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    Re: That terrific KY terroir

    It has to make me say "Damn!, that's a good drink." I haven't done it with a micro/craft yet. I've done it with some Indiana rye but not a bourbon from out of Kentucky.

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    Re: That terrific KY terroir

    Look some things are done better some places than others. Period. Indiana does open wheel racing, popcorn and basketball and Kentucky does horses and bourbon. I'm ok with the division of labor and of quality. Play to your strengths.

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    Re: That terrific KY terroir

    Uh, KY does basketball too.

    Okay, maybe not this year.

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    Re: That terrific KY terroir

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOldKyDram View Post
    Uh, KY does basketball too.

    Okay, maybe not this year.
    I put that in there just for you

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    Re: That terrific KY terroir

    Actually there is Iowa Bourbon Whiskey just wish they would age it longer and up the proof. Label doesn't say straight Lord knows how young this stuff is. I took this one to the gazebo went over like a fart in church. There are a couple of other distilleries in Iowa making bourbon.
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