Woven’s Beginner’s Guide to Bourbon

This holiday season, why not gather friends for a tasting of what has been dubbed “The American Drink”? It’s an activity that’s sure to warm everyone up from the cold that has descended upon Greensboro!

Below, some tips on what to look for when attending a tasting (even if it’s just in your living room—we’re not here to judge!) and some top picks from our friend Nino Giaimo at Gia.

Three things to look for:

1. Nose: The aromatics that draw you into the glass.
2. Taste Palate: This is what Nino describes as “the initial shock”.
3. The Finish: Does it linger with you afterwards? Is it coating your tongue? Can you smell it on your breath?
Pro tip: Because the wood of the barrel can tighten up the drink, Nino recommends adding an ice cube or a little water to loosen it up if it burns too much.

Nino’s Top Five Recommendations For Beginners:

  • Woodford Reserve
  • Old Forester
  • Maker’s Mark
  • Knob Creek
  • Bullett

Woven’s Favorite: WhistlePig Rye Whiskey


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