Sunday, February 10, 2019

Finally, the New Reader Is Here

Where has the time gone? It has taken me five months to get this issue of The Bourbon Country Reader out. Sorry about that.

I hope the wait will be worth it. I'm doing something different with this issue, devoting the entire thing to a single subject: whiskey maturation.

In my many years of writing about American whiskey, it has struck me that maturation is often short-changed. Perhaps that's because so much of what is going on is invisible and quiet, with no moving parts. Fermentation and distillation are much more dramatic, with myriad sights, sounds, and smells. In contrast, a bunch of wooden barrels sitting in a nondescript building is a snooze.

But you only have to compare 'white dog' to well-aged bourbon to know something akin to magic is going on inside those white oak cocoons.

Current Reader subscribers should receive their copies in the next few days. New subscribers can get on the bandwagon by clicking here.

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Unknown said...

Thanks Chuck, I'm looking forward to it. You know, there's not much going on up here in the frozen north (MN) at this time of year, so it will be nice to have something to read. On a related subject, I also noticed that the number of entries to your blog have decreased steadily since 2014, what's up with that? You could help us out by picking up the pace a little.

Richard Turner said...

Haven't seen the BCR yet...
Were they all sent back when you posted? ((10-days back)

Chuck Cowdery said...

Give it another couple days.

Jim Laminack said...

Hi Chuck
I enjoyed the BCR maturation edition. In my position I do a lot of educating and this issue was particularly helpful.
Quick Question:
Does relative humidity factor in to whether more water or more alcohol evaporates from the barrel? You stated that Scotland is more apt to lose proof than Kentucky due to the lower temperatures. As I understand it alcohol molecules are smaller than water molecules, so how does temperature play a role in this?


Chuck Cowdery said...

I'm not sure anyone has the full answer but, yes, humidity plays a role too.