I did a bourbon tasting for Avian Vets that were meeting at the Marriott on Teusday. I did not pick the bourbons for the tasting - I gave a list of suggestions to the hotel and they ignored it completely and picked six bourbons that had huge prices per pour. I guess these doctors could afford it. It turned out to be an interesting tasting and i did meet former Cubs pitcher Richard Nye who has a very good nose for whiskey.
The first bourbon we tasted was Buffalo Trace as a traditional bourbon made with rye. Next was Maker's 46 as a wheated bourbon but it also helped me talk about wood chipping whiskey. The third product was Sazerac 18yo rye whiskey. This helped explain the rye factor in bourbon. The fourth bourbon was Woodford Double Oak which was a nice comparison to the Maker's 46 when discussing wood. The Jefferson Presidential Reserve 18yo and George T. Stagg rounded out the tasting with Jefferson's being another wheated bourbon and the Stagg as barrel proof unfiltered. Needles to say there were a lot of happy bird doctors that night.
"Our people live almost exclusively on whiskey" - E H Taylor, Jr. 25 April 1873