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A Beginner's Guide To Kentucky Straight Bourbon Part 3: Tasting Notes

A Beginner's Guide To Kentucky Straight Bourbon Part 3: Tasting Notes

Tasting bourbon is a sensory experience that requires patience, practice, and a perceptive palate. By understanding the different flavors and aromas found in bourbon you can better appreciate the complexities of the whiskey. 

To begin tasting, start by pouring a small amount into a glass. Swirl the glass to release the aromas and take a small sniff. The first whiff will give you an idea of the overall aroma profile of the bourbon. Take a second smell. But this time with your mouth open. This should you to take in the full range of aromas.   

man swirling whiskey around in a glass

Next, take a small sip and let it roll around your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing. Pay attention to the flavors and mouthfeel. Try to identify any notes that stand out. Some bourbons are sweet others are spicy or smoky. (Not smoky in the same way Scotch is smoky, just to be clear). Some whiskey has a smooth, velvety texture. Others are more robust and complex. 

Finally take note of the finish. The finish is the sensation you get after swallowing the bourbon. Some bourbons have a long, lingering finish. While others are quick and dry.  

Bourbon is known for its complex and nuanced flavor profile. Some common flavors and aromas you might find include: 

  • Vanilla. Numerous bourbons have a sweet flavor. This is from the oak barrels used in aging.  
  • Caramel. Another common flavor found in bourbon. It gives the bourbon a rich, smooth texture.  
  • Spice. Bourbon can be spicy, with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, or black pepper.  
  • Fruit. Some bourbons have fruity notes, similar to cherry, apple, or orange.  
  • Bourbons that are aged for longer periods may have a smoky flavor.  

In addition to these common flavors and aromas, every bourbon is unique, and you may pick up on additional notes depending on the specific whiskey you're tasting.

It's also important to remember that everyone's palate is different, and what one person tastes in a bourbon may not be the same as what someone else tastes. The key is to experiment with different bourbons and develop your own preferences.   

three glasses with different whiskies in them on a tray. the tray is on a checkered table cloth

Tasting bourbon is a unique experience that requires practice and patience. By being aware of the common flavors and aromas found in Kentucky straight bourbon, you can better appreciate the complex and nuanced character of this beloved American whiskey.

In this beginner's guide we've explored the rich history of Kentucky straight bourbon. We delved into the intricacies of the distilling process. And we provided a primer on how to taste this beloved American whiskey. 

Overall, Kentucky straight bourbon has a timeless appeal that has captured the hearts of whiskey lovers around the world. Its rich history, unique flavor profile, and enduring popularity have cemented its place as one of America's most iconic and beloved spirits.

So, if you haven't already, we encourage you to try a Kentucky straight bourbon for yourself. Take the time to savor its complex flavors and aromas, and appreciate the artistry that goes into creating this beloved American whiskey.

Here are a couple bourbon suggestions for people looking to start exploring the world of bourbon. With a range of flavors and styles, these bourbons are approachable, easy to drink, and available for in-store or online purchase. Whether you're sipping it neat, on the rocks, or in a classic cocktail, these bourbons are an excellent introduction to the rich history and complex flavors of American whiskey.




Thank you for reading, and cheers to a truly exceptional spirit!


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