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Welcome to the Whistling Andy blog, while we are craft distillers by trade, we are passionate about many things. Here you will find stories about things near and dear to us. Such as great cocktails, food, nature, history, and made in USA goods! Enjoy!

The Surprising Ways Finishing Barrels For Whisky Affect The Flavor of Your Favorite Spirits

The Surprising Ways Finishing Barrels For Whisky Affect The Flavor of Your Favorite Spirits

Have you ever given much thought to how whisky is aged? The whisky you buy on the shelf is not freshly distilled. Like other grain alcohols like vodka, whisky is clear when first distilled. It is the aging process that gives it its color and flavor. This process varies from brand to brand, and even from product to product, but it always involves finishing barrels.

The Surprising Ways Finishing Barrels For Whisky Affect The Flavor of Your Favorite Spirits

Have you ever given much thought to how whisky is aged? The whisky you buy on the shelf is not freshly distilled. Like other grain alcohols like vodka, whisky is clear when first distilled. It is the aging process that gives it its color and flavor. This process varies from brand to brand, and even from product to product, but it always involves finishing barrels.

Foraging Mushrooms in Montana: A Descriptive Guide

Foraging Mushrooms in Montana: A Descriptive Guide

Mushrooming is gaining in popularity as chefs use wild mushrooms in their cooking at restaurants, on Food Network, and all over YouTube. You can hunt mushrooms in several states, and many mushroom hunters swear the best mushrooming is to be had on the West Coast. While it's true that Oregon, Washington, and parts of California are good for mushroom foraging, other parts of the country are coming to light as good candidates.

Foraging Mushrooms in Montana: A Descriptive Guide

Mushrooming is gaining in popularity as chefs use wild mushrooms in their cooking at restaurants, on Food Network, and all over YouTube. You can hunt mushrooms in several states, and many mushroom hunters swear the best mushrooming is to be had on the West Coast. While it's true that Oregon, Washington, and parts of California are good for mushroom foraging, other parts of the country are coming to light as good candidates.

Most Dangerous Animal in Montana, Is it the Moose?

Most Dangerous Animal in Montana, Is it the Moose?

When you think of dangers in the wilds of Montana, specifically regarding wildlife, your mind probably turns to the big bears that seem to be the forest king. If not, it might turn to some sort of wild cat species indigenous to the area that has been known to attack humans. But it is doubtful your mind went directly to the moose.

Most Dangerous Animal in Montana, Is it the Moose?

When you think of dangers in the wilds of Montana, specifically regarding wildlife, your mind probably turns to the big bears that seem to be the forest king. If not, it might turn to some sort of wild cat species indigenous to the area that has been known to attack humans. But it is doubtful your mind went directly to the moose.

History of Gin and Tonic

The History of The Gin and Tonic

The Gin and tonic is one of the oldest mixed cocktails. In fact, gin and "bitters" which comprised of gin mixed with bitter agents like the cinchona tree bark that tonic water is made from. Tonic water itself is a highly carbonated water in which quinine is dissolved to give it a bitter taste. Today's tonic water may also be infused with various herbs, and it is generally sweetened. The gin and tonic mixed drink itself have also undergone many variations, and you can find different recipes using herbs, fruit, and berries across the web.

The History of The Gin and Tonic

The Gin and tonic is one of the oldest mixed cocktails. In fact, gin and "bitters" which comprised of gin mixed with bitter agents like the cinchona tree bark that tonic water is made from. Tonic water itself is a highly carbonated water in which quinine is dissolved to give it a bitter taste. Today's tonic water may also be infused with various herbs, and it is generally sweetened. The gin and tonic mixed drink itself have also undergone many variations, and you can find different recipes using herbs, fruit, and berries across the web.

Bourbon Festivals of America: The unique alcoholic beverage not just for Kentucky

Bourbon Festivals of America: The unique alcoholic beverage not just for Kentucky

Bourbon may have been born in Kentucky, but it is a beverage enjoyed across the nation, indeed around the world. Whisky is one of the world's oldest beverages, originating in Scotland over 1000 years ago, and could be considered the father of bourbon. Bourbon itself didn't come into existence until 1789 when Elijah Craig invented bourbon by aging corn whisky (also known as moonshine) in newly charred oak barrels.

Bourbon Festivals of America: The unique alcoholic beverage not just for Kentucky

Bourbon may have been born in Kentucky, but it is a beverage enjoyed across the nation, indeed around the world. Whisky is one of the world's oldest beverages, originating in Scotland over 1000 years ago, and could be considered the father of bourbon. Bourbon itself didn't come into existence until 1789 when Elijah Craig invented bourbon by aging corn whisky (also known as moonshine) in newly charred oak barrels.

The Difference Between Gin and Vodka: So Close, Yet So Far Away

The Difference Between Gin and Vodka: So Close, Yet So Far Away

Almost every liquor cabinet will be stocked with gin and vodka. And when you think about the two spirits, you, no doubt, can see the apparent correlations between the two. They are both clear liquors, and they are both great to use in mixed drinks, making them versatile options for your next get-together. But that is where most of their similarities end.

The Difference Between Gin and Vodka: So Close, Yet So Far Away

Almost every liquor cabinet will be stocked with gin and vodka. And when you think about the two spirits, you, no doubt, can see the apparent correlations between the two. They are both clear liquors, and they are both great to use in mixed drinks, making them versatile options for your next get-together. But that is where most of their similarities end.