You can judge a bourbon on four qualities:

How it looks. A bourbon’s color tells you a lot about its age. Age it longer, and you get more color from the barrel.

How it smells. Take a whiff. (You can smell more flavor than you’ll ever taste.)

How it tastes. People tend to describe bourbon as being woody, grainy, sweet, fruity, or spicy. Flavors like vanilla, caramel, leather, orange, tobacco, or honey are common.

How it finishes. Is it smooth? Harsh? Spicy? Bourbon is complex. Every part matters.

Comparing

You can judge a bourbon on four qualities:

How it looks. A bourbon’s color tells you a lot about its age. Age it longer, and you get more color from the barrel.

How it smells. Take a whiff. (You can smell more flavor than you’ll ever taste.)

How it tastes. People tend to describe bourbon as being woody, grainy, sweet, fruity, or spicy. Flavors like vanilla, caramel, leather, orange, tobacco, or honey are common.

How it finishes. Is it smooth? Harsh? Spicy? Bourbon is complex. Every part matters.

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