When you think whisky, chances are, you’re thinking about scotch. It’s a classic. To some, it’s the mark of the truly refined gentleman. For many, it’s their drink of choice. However, scotch might not be the best thing out there anymore.
Jim Murray, an Englishman and a world-renowned whisky critic, thinks the best stuff isn’t scotch. It’s bourbon.
Scotland simply isn’t making as much good scotch as they used to, according to Murray. Due to the use of sulfur candles to sanitize barrels, a lot of scotch these days has a “bitter finish.” Conversely, good ole’ American bourbon is aged in virgin oak barrels, which don’t have to be treated with sulfur, thus giving it a smoother, better taste.
While, of course, this is just one man’s opinion, I will remind you that Jim Murray is one of the biggest names in the game. If he says something is good, it’s probably good. The man knows what he’s talking about. While he personally believes that Kentucky’s Buffalo Trace Distillery is making the best bourbon on the market, there are plenty of other small-batch bourbons to choose from, as well as new ones coming out ever more frequently.
As for me, I’ve always thought at bourbon is better than scotch. If you won’t take my word for it, take Jim Murray’s. He’s the expert.
I kind of feel bad for our British friends, though. We beat them in two wars, saved their asses in another two, and now we’ve got them at their own game. It’s got to be rough knowing we’re better than they are at pretty much everything that matters. We’ll let them have soccer, though. Nobody cares about soccer.
So tonight, celebrate this news the way our forefathers have for generations—with bourbon.
[via The Washington Times]