I'd like to thank Jason Parker, again, for his fantastic presentation last night on Why Bourbon Taste Like Bourbon, bringing a unique distiller's perspective to the question.
If you weren't there, or if you somehow weren't able to copy down two dozen slides with complex information, here's a link to Jason's slideshow, in PDF format:
Jason was also kind enough to share the reading list he suggests for those interested in getting deeper into distilling:
1. Whiskey: Technology, Production and Marketing, 2nd Edition. Editors Russell, Inge and Stewart, Graham. Academic Press 2014. ISBN: 978-0-12-401735-1.
2. Fermented Beverage Production, 2nd Edition. Editors Lea, Andrew G.H. and Piggott, John R. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. 2003. ISBN: 0-306-47706-8.
3. The Science and Technology of Whiskies. Editors Piggott, J.R., Sharp, R., and Duncan, R.E.B. Longman Scientific & Technical. 1989. ISBN: 0-582-04428-6.
4. Technology Brewing & Malting, 5th Edition. Kunze, Wolfgang. VLB Barlin. 2014. ISBN: 978-3-921690-77-2.
5. International Barrel Symposium, Research Results and Highlights from the 5th, 6th, and 7th Symposiums. Independent Stave Company. 2008. ISBN 978-0-9816398-0-2.
6. Principles of Brewing Science, 2nd Edition. Fix, George. 1999. ISBN: 978-0937381748.
7. Wood & Beer: A brewer’s Guide. Cantwell, Dick and Bouchaert, Peter. Brewers Publications. 2016. ISBN: 978-1-938469-21-3.
Another fantastic book he had that really likes, and looked really good to me, based on a brief glance, is:
Tasting Whiskey: An Insider's Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World's Finest Spirits
Although not as technical as some of the above, it delves into the science, and is a fun and visual read. You can get it used for under $10 at:
Or at Amazon, etc.
Thanks again to Jason for sharing his wisdom & experience, and we'll be following up to see if more educational presentations like this would be of interest!