In case you need a refresher, whiskey, generally spelled whisky in Scotland and Canada, is a spirit made from a fermented mash of grain. Bourbon is a U.S. whiskey made from at least 51 percent corn and aged at least two years. Malted barley and rye are typically the other grains used in bourbon. Pappy, however, uses wheat, which some feel is what gives it that special flavor.
Want to try a wheated bourbon without the wait? Novak points out that W.L. Weller 12-year-old is a bit easier to find. In terms of bourbon generally, she’s a fan of the Angel’s Envy regular bourbon, not so hard to get as the Cask Strength.
When you get ahold of that glass of good bourbon, it’s best enjoyed, Novak says, with nothing more than three drops of water; she uses a dropper for precision.
“It opens up the flavor,” she says.