Why is Bourbon sweet?

Owings Mills, MD

#1 Jun 9, 2011
I want to know, if you think Bourbon is sweet, why is it sweet? What are the processes that lead it to have a more sweet flavor, than say...scotch?

Louisville, KY

#2 Aug 28, 2011
it is aged in charred oak barrels, complex carbohydrates leach out of the wood and flavor it in part.

Pflugerville, TX

#3 Sep 27, 2011
It's made from corn. Bourbon = Corn.

Corn is sweet and that's where most of the sweetness comes from.

Yes, when you age a whiskey...any whiskey(actually any spirit)...it will pick up sugar that has been carmalized on the inside of the stave. It leaches through that carmalized layer as the barrel heats up and cools down throughout the day. The more times it does this...the more flavors it will pick up.

What's most important in the aging process?
It is....that you age the distillate at 50% alcohol. Mostly, because water picks up the flavors faster than alcohol. So, you want a nice balanced distillate(50/50 water to alcohol). Too much alcohol % in the distillate...and you will have to add a bunch of water when you bottle(which really dilutes the final flavor).
Too many distillers these days age their whiskey at too high a proof. Two that don't...Four Roses and Wild Turkey. They both age their juice near 100-110 proof.

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