bourbonv wrote:Actually John, Frost 8/80 was Paennsylvania bourbon aged 8 years in charred barrels and then had the color filtered out by filtering it through charcoal made first from a softwood, then chacoal from a hardwood and finally charcoal made from nutwood... ...There is no tannins in the flavor and the wood is more likea fresh cut board than a tannic bark flavor
Well okay, Mike, thanks for correcting me. Let me see now, you're saying that the filtering used for Frost/80 was DIFFERENT from chill filtering, right? And that mostly it was the tannins in the flavor that was removed? Gee, why didn't I think of that?
EllenJ wrote:I believe the filtration process is very different from "chill filtering", and the main thing removed are wood tannins...
Why do you write your response to appear as though you're correcting me, when you've simply restated what I already said? You can do better than that.
By the way, the Pennsylvania "bourbon whiskey" was not identified as "bourbon" in their advertising (see photo below), and the Frost 8/80 label calls it simply "whisky". That's good, because
(1) ...it was a 6-year-old failed whiskey experiment when they bought it a couple years before from Publicker Distilling Industries in Philadelphia. It might have been a legitimate bourbon, but there's little reason to think so; Publicker's experiment was supposedly aimed at producing a "lighter"-flavored whiskey, but not one distilled at over 160 proof. However, it seems doubtful that they would barrel such a product in new charred oak, so although it may technically have been bourbon, it wasn't STRAIGHT whiskey.
(2) ...they had to be careful NOT to call it "Light Whiskey", either. In fact, they got into a rather stinky pile of litigation with Schenley, National Distillers, and American Distilling over their release of the product over a year prior to July 1972 when the regs allowed light whiskey to be marketed. I believe the earliest bottles of Frost 8/80 MAY have been labeled as "light whiskey" (since, after all, it was "light" and it was "whiskey", and the "light whiskey" designation wouldn't legally exist until July 1972). The labels throughout the remainder of Frost 8/80's glory years did not include the word "light" (they called it "Dry White Whisky"). I'm always amused to see how much of Brown-Forman's time seems to be taken up with litigation over naming and labeling issues.