Bourbon 101: The Basics of Bourbon

What Is bourbon?

  1. It must be made in the U.S.
  2. It must be aged in new, charred white oak barrels.
  3. It must be at least 51 percent corn.
  4. It must be distilled at less than 160 proof (80 percent alcohol by volume).
  5. It must enter into a barrel at below 125 proof.
  6. There can be no artificial coloring or flavor.

The Legend of Bourbon

The Bottled-In-Bond Act

Bottled-In-Bond Requirements

  1. The spirit must be the product of one distillation season
  2. Must be made by one distiller at one distillery.
  3. It must be bottled and stored in federally bonded warehouses under the U.S. government supervision for no less than 4 years.
  4. The bottled product’s label must identify the distillery by DSP number where it was distilled and, if different, where it was bottled.

General Bourbon / Whiskey Terms

Tennessee Whiskey and the Lincoln County Process

Standard Whiskey Grain Tasting Notes



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