Did you know all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon? There are a strict set of standards from the government which regulates what is what.
Whiskey is distilled from a fermented blend of grains, commonly corn, rye, wheat and barley. This blend is what distillers call a mash bill.
Depending on what ratio of grains comprises the mash bill is part of how the resulting liquid is either categorized whiskey or bourbon, however, there is more.
Whiskey is made all over the world and there are many popular styles including Scotch whiskey, Japanese whiskey, Irish whiskey, American whiskey and so on.
Below is a list which defines “America’s native spirit” and the difference between bourbon and whiskey:
1. Made in United States of America (not Kentucky).
2. Product from a fermented mash of 51% corn at least.
- And being made from at least 51% corn means all bourbons will have a pleasant sweetness. That sweetness is what makes bourbon whiskey’s sweet spot.
3. Distilled at no more than 160 proof
- Each time any type of alcohol is distilled, it comes off the still at a higher proof and less flavor. Having a maximum proof means that bourbon maintains more of the flavors from the mash that would be lost with further distilling.
4. Stored at no more than 125 proof in new, charred oak barrels.
- This style of barrel aging, as opposed to toasted barrels or used barrels, reveals a richer flavor and deeper color.
5. Aged for minimum two years.
- In general, the longer bourbon ages in charred-oak barrels, the more mellow it becomes. The law says bourbon must be aged for at least two years.
6. Free from additives.
- The only thing that can be added to bourbon is water and that’s only to bring down the proof.
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