Before Derby Day, Check In With These Bourbon Experts

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The spirited team at Kentucky-based Justins’ House of Bourbon has a line on some winning brown liquor and they’re excited to share each bottle’s story. They’re also happy to ship those special bottles.

The storied race day at Churchill Downs offers a fine excuse to learn more about bourbon. This photo … [+] is from the 146th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Sept. 5, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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A brief Bourbon 101

So, go ahead and skip this section if you’re well-versed in the art of turning corn and other grains into something smooth and sip worthy.

But many who enjoy the stuff don’t realize that for it to be called bourbon, it’s got to have at least 51 percent corn in the mash that gets a shot of yeast to kick off the fermentation process during which the sugar in the grains is converted into alcohol.

When distilleries add barley or wheat, it’s to create a flavor profile that gets even more complex in the blending process. But it’s those oak barrels the stuff is aged in that’s the MVP. The wooden vessels allows just the right airflow to encourage some evaporation, concentrating the flavors…

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