When browsing our vast aisles at Lukas Wine & Spirit Superstore, you may run into two similar-looking styles of alcohol — Whiskey and Bourbon. You might be wondering what the differences between these two alcohols are. The first thing to note is that bourbon is a type of whiskey. In essence, all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. In the following read, your local experts in Lone Tree will break down the main differences between whiskey and bourbon so that you can make the best choice for your taste! Visit our store today for the best alcohol variety in Colorado.

What Is Bourbon?

Bourbon is an American-style whiskey distilled from a mash made primarily from corn. Distillers can only label a spirit bourbon when made with at least 51 percent corn and are allowed to age in new charred oak barrels. As bourbon is aged in barrels, the mash must be distilled at 160 proof (80 percent alcohol by volume) or less and aged until it is no more than 125 proof (62.5 percent alcohol per volume). Once filtered and diluted, bourbon must be no less than 80 proof (40 percent alcohol per volume) to meet requirements.

What Is Whiskey?

Whiskey is a spirit distilled from a fermented mix of grains including barley, corn, rye, or wheat. Unlike bourbon which is American-made, whiskey is produced all over the world, most notably in Scotland, Ireland, Japan, and Canada. Whiskey can be aged or unaged but is often better when aged in wooden barrels, which darkens its color and improves the flavor. ABV marks differ depending on the style of whiskey, so it is best to check the bottle to know what you are drinking! 

Main Differences 

The main differences between bourbon and whiskey are the grains used and where the spirit is made. Some other differences include:

  • Bourbon is American-made and must contain at least 51% corn
  • Bourbon must be aged in charred oak barrels
  • Whiskey can be made anywhere in the world
  • Whiskey is made from various grains 

Taste

Bourbon is aged in new, charred oak barrels that give it notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak. Some other ways the taste is often described include baking species, black pepper, cocoa, and fruity. Bourbon tends to be the smoother option, with a softer taste that makes it a great entry-level sipper. Whiskey taste depends on the style, but it tends to have a woody or oaky flavor with added notes of spice, fruit, nuts, vanilla, or caramel. 

Now that you know the difference between bourbon and whiskey, we hope that you are better prepared to make your choice when visiting us at Lukas Wine & Spirit Superstore. As a local Lone Tree liquor store, we have everything you need to succeed! Visit us today. 

Unless you are a whiskey enthusiast, you may not know exactly why most whiskies sit in barrels before being sold. After all, what big of a difference could it make for a whiskey to stay in a barrel instead of being bottled right up? Well, it makes all the difference in the world, as barrels are what often make whiskey, whiskey. Your local Lone Tree experts at Lukas Wine & Spirit Superstore are here to teach you why the whiskey barrel matters, and how it helps make the liquor you love! 

Aging

One of the main reasons whiskey sits in barrels for years is because the aging process provides its wonderful taste. The longer a whiskey sits inside a barrel, the more likely it is to taste great. As the barrel of whiskey ages, the wood allows vapor to pass outside the barrel while integrating oxygen into the aging process. Also, the wood barrels are often charred before use, which leaves a charcoal coating that acts as a filter, removing flavors that are not good on the palette.

Flavor

Wood barrels, which are often toasted and charred, give whiskey many of its well-known flavors. Alcohol content within whiskey acts as a solvent, which breaks down the compounds found in the wood. As this process occurs, the whiskey draws out naturally-occurring vanillins (oils), which alter the flavor profile of the liquor. This is what provides whiskey with its delicious oaky and smoky flavor notes. 

Color

Fun fact, all of a whiskey’s color comes from sitting inside a wooden barrel. As whiskey ages for years on end, it grows into a rich and dark color, which is one of the most notable aspects of this type of liquor. Seasonal changes affect the way whiskey interacts with the barrel, as changing temperatures and pressure moves the whisky in and out of the wood. The more of this that occurs, the darker a whiskey is likely to turn out. 

Factors that Affect the Barrel

There are many factors that affect the way in which a barrel will interact with whiskey, which include

  • The type of wood 
  • The barrel size
  • Toasting and charring 
  • Number of previous uses
  • Storage
  • Weather and temperature

Now that you know a bit more about whiskey, it’s time to give various types a try to find the best option for you! At Lukas Wine & Spirit Superstore, we have all of the whiskies you need for any occasion, whether you are looking for bourbon, Scotch, Japanese whiskey, Irish whiskey, or anything else. Visit us today! 

Basics of Liquor: The Different Kinds and What They Are Good For
Basics Of Liquor

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Liquor and spirits are substantially different from wine and beer because of a process called distillation, which uses grains, sugars, fruits, and vegetables that have already been fermented. Commonly referred to as “hard alcohol” because these processes yield products that are often higher in their percentage of alcohol by volume (ABV), spirits are traditionally consumed in small quantities and mixed with other components to create palatable beverages. At Lukas Liquors in Lone Tree, we feature an extensive variety of spirits and liquors for you to choose from, and our knowledgeable staff provides you with valuable information to help you choose the best option for you. The varieties and types of liquor worldwide are countless, and as you read, Lukas Liquors will highlight the different kinds of popular liquors, how they are best enjoyed, and what they can be good for.

Tequila

The namesake for this distilled delight is its town of origin, Tequila, which is located in the northwest region of Mexico called Jalisco. It is derived from the blue agave plant which is well suited for growth in this area due to the rich, red volcanic soil that produces blue agaves that are larger and have sweeter tastes and aromas. Below are examples of top-shelf and bottom-shelf tequila that are favorites of our staff and available at Lukas Liquors.

Tequila

G4 Extra Añejo 5-Year Barrel Aged

The name G4 gets its origin from the four generations of the Camarena family who craft this luxury tequila, honoring tradition and excellence throughout their process. Respecting classic engineering and family heritage, the El Pandillo distillery produces one of the finest and most sought-after extra añejos in the tequila industry. The G4 Extra Añejo 5-Year Barrel Aged tequila uses a 50%/50% mixture of harvested rainwater and natural spring water, and is aged for five years in previously used American bourbon barrels. Flavor and tradition like this are best enjoyed neat or on the rocks to truly savor the luxurious flavor and aromas of this añejo.

Cayéya Blanco

Blanco, or silver tequila, is traditionally aged less than two months and it is bottled almost immediately after distillation. Master destildora Zandra Gomez uses rich agave and traditional methods of production to craft a well-balanced tequila that is not only flavorful but also unique. Using a family-owned artisanal glass factory, this delicate Blanco tequila is bottled using recycled bottles, corks, and other materials to produce packaging that is 100% sustainable. This tequila is the perfect base to create tasty cocktails like margaritas and Palomas, which are timeless Mexican classics.

Gin

The predominant flavor of gin is extracted from juniper berries, which are the mainstay ingredient in producing all gins. Gin is now produced by accompanying juniper with a various assortment and combinations of botanicals and herbs, creating a wide variety of tastes, styles, colors, and brands. It is now widely recognized as the national alcoholic drink of England and must be produced with a minimum ABV of 37.5%.

JCB Gin

JCB gets its origins from France and its spirits are crafted by using only the finest French grapes and water from historical French springs which, after being fermented into wine distilled seven times, are used to create their luxurious spirit collection. JCB Gin uses a cacophony of herbs and spices, from chamomile and honeysuckle to stinging nettle and lemon balm, to produce a true masterclass in fashionable and flavorful gin. Using juniper, a touch of roses, coriander, the extracts of 44 spices, and biodynamic herbs, this gin truly is one-of-a-kind. It perfectly pairs with its traditional counterpart, tonic, but because of its flavor profile, we recommend enjoying it pure.

Highclere Castle

Very popular with fans of the tv program Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle does indeed get its name from the castle that is a common backdrop for scenes from the show. Rooted in traditions that date back to the 19th century, this gin uses ingredients native to England that perfectly compliment its juniper-forward and robust flavor. For traditionalists and those that appreciate classic gin flavor, this gin is perfectly suited to be enjoyed on its own or mixed in a martini and other classic cocktails.

Vodka

Traditionally distilled from liquids from cereal grains, different varieties of vodka originated in Russia, Poland, and Sweden. Since the 19th century, standard vodkas have been produced to include an ABV of 40%, and in common eras, some brands have begun using fruits, honey, or maple sap as the base, or even creating an assortment of delicious, and sometimes even wild flavors. It is one of the most popular spirits in the United States and is used to make a variety of cocktails, from bloody Mary’s and screwdrivers to white Russians and Cosmopolitans.

JCB Caviar

Just like the gin from the JCB family, JCB Caviar vodka is produced using only the best that the earthen home of France has to offer. After pinot noir and chardonnay grapes are fermented and individually aged in oak barrels for six months, they are distilled seven times and filtered four times, then combined with sturgeon caviar from Southwest France. This creates a luxurious mouthfeel and delicately flavored vodka known around the world. No matter how you choose to enjoy it, this is one of the finest vodkas you will find, and you can find it at Lukas Liquors.

Helix

Using pristine glacial water from Iceland, and seven-time distilled winter wheat vodka from France, this combination is the perfect flavor and price for any home or commercial bar. With a creamy mouthfeel and vibrant taste, Helix vodka showcases bright fruit and citrus notes that are delightful for pairing in a myriad of cocktails. If you have a cocktail or flavor profile in mind, our friendly team at Lukas Liquors is always happy to suggest some of our favorites and recommend the best ingredients in our inventory to make the drink of your choosing.

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