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! 

Global Champagne Day: Celebrating Bubbles and Elegance

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In the world of wine and spirits, few alcoholic beverages exude the same level of elegance and celebration as champagne. As October 27th approaches, a date etched in the calendar of connoisseurs, Lukas Liquor, the distinguished specialty liquor store in Lone Tree, CO, invites you to indulge in the magic of Global Champagne Day. From exploring the history and significance of these effervescent delights to mastering the art of champagne tasting and crafting innovative champagne cocktails, this is your chance to elevate your appreciation for this exquisite beverage.

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The History and Significance of Champagne

Champagne, often referred to as the drink of celebration, has a rich history that dates back centuries. Originating from the Champagne region of France, this sparkling wine gained popularity among royalty and aristocracy. Over time, it became synonymous with joyous occasions and milestone celebrations. Global Champagne Day on October 27th offers a chance to honor this tradition and raise your glass to the artistry that goes into crafting these bubbles of happiness.

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Champagne Tasting: Tips and Tricks to Enhance Your Experience

Lukas Liquor’s liquor warehouse is home to an exceptional selection of champagnes, each with its own unique character and story. Embark on a sensory journey as you learn the art of champagne tasting. Focus on the carbonation and color, and savor the aromas and flavors. Discover how to identify the differences between various styles, from brut to rosé, and how to appreciate the craftsmanship that makes each bottle truly exceptional.

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Champagne Cocktails: Adding a Twist to the Classic Bubbly

While champagne is exquisite on its own, it also serves as the perfect canvas for creative mixology. Elevate your celebration with champagne cocktails that add a twist to the classic bubbly. From the iconic Mimosa to contemporary creations, Lukas Liquor encourages you to experiment with flavors and ingredients that complement the fizzy nature of champagne. Unleash your inner mixologist and craft libations that redefine elegance, sophistication, and fun.

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Pairing Champagne with Food

The harmonious pairing of champagne with food is a sensory experience that delights the palate. The versatility of champagne allows it to complement a wide range of dishes, from delicate seafood to rich cheeses. Lukas Liquor can guide you in selecting the perfect bottle to enhance your culinary creations. Whether you’re hosting a grand soirée or an intimate gathering, champagne can elevate your dining experience to new heights.

Global Champagne Day offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of bubbles, sophistication, and celebration. Join us at Lukas Liquor in Lone Tree, CO, as we raise our glasses to the legacy and allure of champagne. Mark your calendar and stop by to pick up champagne to get ready for the event.

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