Rebecca Barry authored "Whiskey Rebellion" for the October issue, looking into the history of bourbon — in 1880, Americans drank 88 bottles year of it apiece. Bourbon's dark charms lost ground in the 1970s to lighter spirits vodka and rum. The latest chapter is the delightful trend of small, local, artisan and craft distillers.
"Tasting Notes" profiles 20 bourbons sampled. Notably, more bourbons are being distilled outside the South, including non-bourbony locales like Oregon and Massachusetts.
Standouts among our Kentucky cousins got noticed. Luscious descriptions pour forth for Four Roses, beloved of many Bites readers, and the pedigreed Angel's Envy. An Evan Williams single-barrel from Heaven Hill is perfumed with pecan pie, apples and butterscotch.
And the glorious things spoken of Corsair's 100% Rye whiskey, "a fragrant fruit punch of a Kentucky whiskey that brings lemon, mango, pineapple, banana and mint to the nose with a flavor that's round and candy-like."
Go read the story for yourself — It's part of an especially strong issue of Saveur, with features on fish camp, Malaysian melting pot cooking, Sukkot in Brooklyn, and a dreamy Louisville candy shop.