A Beginner’s Guide to Whiskey from Tricky Fish Richardson

At Tricky Fish, we pride ourselves on not only providing the best bar in Richardson, but one that is stocked with unique, craft beers and liquors. One that educates and expands your palette.

We have an entire menu dedicated to whiskey, and we’ve realized that many customers want to learn more about sippin’ whiskey, differences in varieties, etc. So in keeping with our motto to be the best bar in Richardson, Texas, here’s a little primer on a few popular types of American whiskey:

Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon whiskey is the most popular of all American whiskey types. Craft bourbon distilleries have popped up throughout the United States, the reputation and taste of Kentucky Bourbon still remains unmatched. In fact, experts believe around 95% of all bourbon is still produced in Kentucky. In order for a whiskey to be distinctively bourbon, it must have at least 51% corn, be distilled in new, charred white oak barrels, and be aged for at least 2-4 years.

bourbon whiskey

Rye Whiskey

Next to bourbon from Bourbon Country, rye whiskey is probably the next most popular variety of whiskey produced in the United States. Rye has been traditionally produced in the Northeast or Kentucky, and must be made up of at least 51% rye. Much of the distilling process is similar to bourbon, but the end result is a spicier, smokier flavor that pairs well with strong foods or mixed in an Old Fashioned.

Tennessee Whiskey

Many ask us at Tricky Fish, what is the difference between Kentucky Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey? In fact, the process for creating the spirit is almost the same, except for one small detail. In order for a spirit to be Tennessee Whiskey, it must be filtered through sugar maple charcoal at some point after distillation.

Want to learn more? Visit us at Tricky Fish – the best bar in Richardson, Texas – and try out one of our sippin’ whiskies! Each spirit on our menu has been carefully selected, and our bartenders can give you more details into the wonderful world of whiskey.