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By Fred Minnick

Finalist, lively Awards
2015, Men's Journal: top New ebook for Whiskey Lovers

Discover a different and uniquely American spirit: bourbon!
In Bourbon Curious: an easy Tasting advisor for the Savvy Drinker, award-winning whiskey author and Wall road Journal-best-selling writer Fred Minnick debunks bourbon myths, offers distillery construction tools (such as recipes and barrel-entry proofs!) and creates an easy-to-read interactive tasting trip that is helping you choose bourbons according to style personal tastes and bourbon kinds. utilizing an analogous tasting ideas he deals in his Kentucky Derby Museum sessions and as a pass judgement on on the San Francisco global Spirits festival, Minnick's Bourbon Curious cuts to the chase, brushing aside model advertising and judging what is contained in the bottle.

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Men left their families for drink and sex. Temperance crusaders used the Old Crow advertisements as a recruitment tool. Around the same time, they also began questioning the medicinal uses of whiskey. Major medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, studied whiskey’s efficacy. On treating scarlet fever, Bourbon Politics 39 Dr. Samuel George Baker wrote in 1839, “I have been greatly pleased to see the delightful effects of the whiskey ablution. ” Despite legitimate medical support, a handful of whiskey makers overstepped their bounds, making unsubstantiated claims.

Perhaps it added decent coloring, but can you imagine ordering a shot of whiskey and half it being tobacco spit? Suffice it to say, many consumers were getting sick from bad whiskey, and the country had a serious issue on its hands— consumers needed protection. In 1897, Congress passed the Bottled-in-Bond Act to ensure consumers received a good product. At the time, whiskey distillers typically did not bottle their own products. They sold barrels of whiskey to wholesalers, who bottled it. This act became the first piece of consumer protection legislation in American history and gave the power to the distillery companies versus the rectifiers.

Bourbon’s only true chance with transparency lies with the big distillers—1792 Barton, Brown-Forman (Old Forester and Woodford Reserve), Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker's 50 Part One By today’s standards, the popular bourbon Chapin & Gore would be considered a nondistiller producer, meaning one that buys and bottles whiskey somebody else has made. Back in the 1950s, however, consumers didn’t seem to care where the whiskey was produced. What changed? Visitor centers and the Internet didn’t exist then.

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