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    organic mash bourbons?

    A couple of months back at the San Francisco whiskey expo I couldn't get into Lincoln Henderson's class at the Suntory tastings. Later when everyone gathered at the nearby bar it was too crowded to hold any significant conversation.

    So I'm posing the question to you out in cyberland.

    Does anyone know of bourbon or other whiskies made from organic grain?

    I've heard that Bruichladdich uses organically grown barley, but from my understading, most if not all of the commercial corn grown in the U.S. has at the very least some genetically modified components to it, which I find quite disturbing. However, I won't get into that particular discussion. This is just a curious inquiry. I'll still continue to enjoy bourbon and rye regardless.

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    Not bourbon or even whiskey, but Rain Vodka which is made by Buffalo Trace is made from 100% organic corn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jinenjo
    from my understading, most if not all of the commercial corn grown in the U.S. has at the very least some genetically modified components to it, which I find quite disturbing. However, I won't get into that particular discussion. .

    -LB
    If you want to go in to that disscussion here I suggest that you go to the Off Topic section. I myself am not particularly disturbed my GM, but I wouldn't mind hearing what you have to say about it.
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    Dittos.

    I would appreciate a primer on the topic as long as it empasizes provable facts over emotion.

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    Dave "Did My Opening Give Me Away?" Morefield
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    Regardless of how one feels about GM-anything, the notion that some GM badie could survive the distillation process is nothing short of preposterous, ditto any "organic" properties.

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    grist mill redux

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery
    that some GM badie could survive the distillation process is nothing short of preposterous
    Come on, Chuck: We all know that politically correct corn rises to the top of every fermenter!
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    Okay doubters what about Rain vodka? The ad bumph doesn't fail to note the organic corn used. Doesn't from a QC point of view every little bit of quality count and contribute, sometimes imperceptibly, to an extra-fine product?

    Gary
    Last edited by Gillman; 06-24-2006 at 15:55.

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    I must say (and sure canned juice isn't distilled spirit) that I had some "organic" tomato juice the other day and was stunned at how much better it was than the regular thing. I would think someone going to the trouble of using organic produce would take extra care in every area of production, so that no doubt plays a role in how good a product like this can be but still I have to think the organic tomatoes made a big difference. I've long been skeptical of the merits of organic anything (and personally believe in the intelligent use of GM products) but this did cause me to take notice.

    Gary

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    This is a topic that today's distillers hope will go quietly into that good night.
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    First, "organic" and "GM" are two completely different issues.

    Second, Rain is, after all, vodka, so from the get-go they're selling a fantasy. How naïve do you have to be to use the fact that something is mentioned in advertising as proof that it makes a substantive contribution to product quality?

 

 

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