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How A Bourbon’s Water Source Makes All The Difference To Its Taste
In bourbon and whiskey-making, geography matters, especially when it comes to water sources, which can impact the sensory profile of your favorite bottle.
From mash used in production to the water added before booze is bottled, water and the minerals within it play an instrumental role in the mouthfeel and flavor of bourbon.
Distillers make decisions when deciding where to source water. River water results in sharper, crisper bourbon profiles, while smoother profiles are derived from mountain springs.
Water taken from wells offers unique benefits and can create interesting flavors. Tap water from local municipalities offers local characteristics that can add complexity.