Last but certainly not least we come to the United States. Although the States produces its own single malts, it is far more famous for its Bourbon.
Although mostly produced in Kentucky, Bourbon can in fact be produced anywhere in the United States. By law, it has to contain a minimum 51% corn and be matured in new charred oak barrels. The charring of the oak barrels gives bourbon its lovely vanilla, candied fruit taste. As with India, the speed of maturation in the US is rapid and, legally, bourbon only has to be matured for a minimum of two years.
Elijah Craig is credited as the inventor of Bourbon whiskey. The Heaven Hill distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky, keeps his name alive with this very old (in Bourbon terms) multiple award-winning whiskey, regarded as one of the most complete Bourbons available today.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Wispy and subtle, traces of cherry and mint, pine and forest flowers.
Palate: Rounded, smooth and moreish. Traces of candied cherry and spearmint. Oakiness holds the sweet vanilla heart in check.
Retails for around £32