How A Bourbon's Water Source Makes All The Difference To Its Taste

A regular bottle of bourbon can be made up of as much as 60% water. How that water is sourced impacts the sensory profile of bourbon due to many factors.

The source of water can make all the difference
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The source of water can make all the difference

Water choice is crucial in bourbon-making, impacting its taste and feel. Dr. Craig Wilson's research highlights its significant role, composing up to 60% of bourbon. Distilleries pick sources strategically: river water for sharp profiles, springs for smoothness, and wells for unique flavors. Kentucky's limestone water and Scotland's island waters yield distinct spirits. Softer waters create stronger bourbon, while mineral-dense ones result in lighter, sweeter drinks. Distilleries balance cost and taste, adding water before bottling to soften and create flavors. Master distillers' expertise ensures a great drink without worries about minerals. Get more details how water's impact at The Tasting Table.