If you’ve ever questioned what it is that differentiates a bourbon from a rye, or an American single malt, we’re here to help. Bourbon has a clearly defined set of rules to help all interested parties distinguish the liquid they’re interacting with. Notepads at the ready!
- It has to be made in the United States
- It must be aged in a new, charred, oak barrel and for at least two years to be deemed a straight bourbon
- The mash bill must contain at least 51 per cent corn
- The whiskey must not enter the barrel at higher than 125 proof
- The whiskey must not enter the bottle at lower than 80 proof