In 2007, Congress declared September as National Bourbon Heritage Month. I have adopted this as a personal annual resolution since my birthday is in September and because I like resolutions I can keep. I have been strongly devoted to my cause, tasting a few of my favorites this month, including Blanton’s, Basil Haydon’s, and Eagle Rare.
I also stopped by Char No. 4 on a recent evening to sample some Larceny, a wheated bourbon produced by Heaven Hill. In contrast to their wheat whiskey – the delicious Bernheim – a wheated bourbon still follows the bourbon rules of 51 to 79 percent corn, but the rest is wheat instead of, say, rye. Not too sweet, not too much of a kick in the gut, it’s a nice balance. And makes a really good Manhattan.