The Marvellous Medical Benefits of Whiskey

We are going to let you in on a little secret here (lowers voice): Whiskey can be really good for you! Obviously we are talking in moderation here as skulling a bottle or two of Moonshine a week won’t do you much good but you might be surprised to learn that a little whiskey a week can do wonders for your health.

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This is the only ‘Jim’ you’ll see us near this month!

Remember when everyone went nuts for the Atkins diet right? All high protein and low carb’s – well if you fancy a drink but want to watch your carb intake put down your pint of beer and pick up your shot glass! That’s right Whiskey is considerably less calorific than even the lightest of beers and what calories it does contain come from its alcohol content and simple, natural sugars that are easily broken down maintaining liver function and health. And it tastes delicious too!

And everybody knows tea is good for you right? It’s absolutely packed to the brim with anti-oxidants and, as many of you will already know, so is red wine but so is Whiskey. And you know that brown ring you get left over in your mug of tea – those are tannins which, whilst also massively responsible for flavour also have been shown to be instrumental in antimicrobial defence by the immune system. And because Whiskey is aged in wooden barrels it contains huge levels of tannins soaked up from the wood that generate its rich colours and flavours.

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With a new year two things are guaranteed – you will be totally stressed out being back at work and you and everyone you know will immediately get the worst cold imaginable. Well good news for you we have the perfect remedy for both – you guessed it: Whiskey! Whiskey is antiseptic and soothing for sore throats and can be perfect as a stress buster. There is a reason why nearly every culture in the world has some sort of Hot Toddy for colds and nightcaps for stress relief because pure and simple it works. And Whiskey can also be used to aid digestion perfect for those of you who have really overindulged this holiday season.

On top of this (in moderation of course) Whiskey has been shown to lower the risk of dementia, prevent and aid the onset of diabetes, help lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and contribute to a healthy heart. So basically Whiskey is the miracle drug you have been looking for and it’s been staring at you from behind the bar all along! So even if we don’t see you until the 1st of February we look forward to you coming down to responsibly enjoy a healthy Whiskey or two – Good Health!

The Marvellous Medical Benefits of Whiskey

June 1, 2016

Is it a bird, is it a plane…

Is it a bird, is it a plane…

May 26, 2016

We felt compelled to respond to the rumors that Whiskey Thief is in fact a ‘Super Whiskey’. Apparently members of the public have been spreading the word because of the distinctive mask adorning every bottle.

Well, sorry to dispel the rumour but Whiskey Thief is not a Super Whiskey. However it is most definitely a super-tasting Whiskey!

How interesting can a Bourbon barrel get?

How interesting can a Bourbon barrel get?

April 25, 2016

So, given how important they are we thought we would shine the spotlight on our friend, The Bourbon Barrel and share a few facts about it.

– Nearly all Bourbon is aged in new American Oak barrels
– Typically the trees grow for 70 to 90 years old before they are felled
– The wood used for barrel production is exclusively from the tree trunk and you will typically get 2 to 3 barrels from one trunk
– the trunk is cut into sections, then quartered and then the staves are created
– the staves are left to season for 6 to 12 months before they are ready for barrel production
– it takes a cooper about 4 minutes to ‘raise’ a barrel by hand using approximately 32 staves
– an empty barrel weighs @45kg when empty. Our advice is never arm-wrestle a cooper!
– once the body of the barrel is constructed it is then charred using a naked flame. Whiskey Thief is charred to #4 level which is about the heaviest char level in the industry.
– the charring process caramelizes the sugars inherent in the oak and makes the barrel water-tight (or should it be Bourbon-tight) and once the barrel heads are fitted they are ready to be delivered to the distillery.

What sets Bourbon apart?

What sets Bourbon apart?

January 25, 2016

– The primary ingredient is always corn, hence the initial sweet taste.
– All of the leading brands are aged in new charred American oak barrels. Charring caramelizes the sugars in the wood which then interact with the liquid during maturation and impart flavour.
– the weather conditions in the key southern-central states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana are perfect for aging Whiskey. There are big temperature fluctuations and high humidity which all help the Whiskey to regularly expand and contract into and out of the wood and take on flavour and colour.
– the limestone enriched water found in the southern-central states contains lots of minerals. These minerals react with the grains during cooking to create a sweet mash ready for fermentation.