Whisk(e)y and Fall: A Perfect Match
The leaves will soon turn amber and the air will take on that crisp autumn chill. There’s no better companion than a glass of warming whisk(e)y! Whether you’re a seasoned whisk(e)y drinker or just starting to explore the world of distilled spirits, the subtle complexities of this drink are a perfect match for fall. But first, let’s unravel the tapestry of flavours and traditions that define the three main types of whisk(e)y: Rye, Bourbon, and Scotch.
Rye vs. Bourbon vs. Scotch: What's the Difference?
- Rye Whisk(e)y: Typically spicier and often described as having notes of pepper, herbs, and grains, Rye whisk(e)y must be made from a mash that contains at least 51% rye. Its bold character makes it a favourite for classic cocktails like the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned.
- Bourbon: Originating from the US, Bourbon has a sweeter profile, often characterized by notes of vanilla, caramel, and oak. By law, Bourbon must be made from a mash that contains at least 51% corn and aged in new charred oak barrels. It’s the heart and soul of drinks like the Mint Julep and the Whiskey Sour.
- Scotch: This whisky hails from Scotland and can range from smooth and fruity to smoky and peaty. The production process, regional variations, and aging all contribute to its wide range of flavours. Whether you prefer it neat, on the rocks, or in a Rob Roy, Scotch is a testament to centuries of distilling tradition.
Spotlight on J. Rieger & Co
As the fall season quickly approaches, let the golden hues of whiskey mirror the world around you. Whether you’ll be cozying up by the fire, hosting a get-together, or simply taking a moment for yourself, the intricate flavours of whisk(e)ys are sure to elevate your autumn experience. Shop harvestwines.ca and explore our curated selection of spirits, and let’s toast to the beauty of fall! Consider our new arrivals from J. Rieger & Co!
- J. Rieger & Co Straight Rye Whiskey: This is a delightful example of Rye’s character. Spicy with hints of dried fruit, it has a depth that’ll remind you of autumn leaves and wood-burning fireplaces. Perfect for sipping neat or in a cocktail, it embodies the essence of fall.
- J. Rieger & Co Straight Bourbon Whiskey: With its rich and creamy texture, this Bourbon boasts notes of caramel and toffee. It’s like the liquid embodiment of a fall dessert, making it a prime choice for an after-dinner drink or in a classic cocktail.
- J. Rieger & Co Kansas City Whiskey: A unique blend that pays tribute to the pre-Prohibition era, this whiskey brings together the best elements of Rye and Bourbon, with a hint of sherry for added complexity. It’s a harmonious blend that captures the spirit of Kansas City and is perfect for those cool autumn nights.
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Embark on a journey through the intricate narrative of whisk(e)y, from the windswept shores of Scotland to the legendary American South. This educational session will delve into the rich history and varied flavor profiles of Scotch, Bourbon, and Rye, guiding your taste buds through a spectrum of golden elixirs. Each ticket includes complimentary whisk(e)y samples as part of the educational experience.
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