Tuesday, July 27, 2010


(What You See is What You Get)

This blog basically serves as a forum for us here at Whiskey to pass along bits of knowledge, histories and general excitement we have for the Spirit of our namesake. We also love to talk Cocktails and Beer (esp. NC Beer!)

Most of the time the questions will come from honest-to-goodness customers asked at a most unfortunate ill-opportune time in which we couldn't give the answer due breath.

So ask a question here, you may get an answer.

Rye not?

Q of the Day: What is the difference between a rye and a bourbon?

A: An American rye whiskey is made from a mash of no less than 51% rye grain where as Bourbon is made up of no less than 51% corn in the mashbill. Corn tends to be sweet, rye has a bite- do the math and you find a spirit with a peppery and slightly bitter flavor very distinct onto its own. Rye not try it?

New In House...

Copper Fox Rye

From Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, VA. A unique Rye made with a mashbill of 2/3 Virginia rye grain and 1/3 Virginia Thoroughbred
barley grain, hand-malted the old-fashioned way using a screen kiln over apple wood and cherry wood smoke. This rye is double pot-stilled to between 150 and 160 proof and aged with a series of new and used apple wood and oak chips inside used bourbon barrels.

Our notes...
Smoke onsets the nose with a hint of oak. Taste is of fruit, spice, smoke and a little fire.. finish is spicy, slightly sweet though relatively mild. -WD

Friday, July 23, 2010

As the Whiskey pours...

Wow what a year! We've finally taken a breather from stocking our shelves and serving you the best spirits in Durham to spend a little time online. Follow us on Twitter @whiskeydurham for happenings and musings. Check back here often for
libation lore, tasting notes, new products in house and general whiskey wonderments! Cheers!