is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey?
Legal Statute Requirements for Whiskey to be called Bourbon
Must be made from a mash containing a minimum of 51% and a maximum of 79%
Other grains commonly used include rye, barley and wheat.
The varying amounts used of these other grains is part of the reason
different brands vary in flavour.
Must be distilled at less than 80% alc/vol
Must be stored in charred, new, white oak barrels at no higher than 62.5
alc/vol for a minimum of 2 years.
To be called Kentucky Bourbon the Whiskey must have been produced and
aged in Kentucky.
To be called a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey all of the Whiskey in
the bottle must have the above characteristics i.e. not blended with other
Not aged or bottled in Kentucky, or does not meet
other Bourbon requirements.
Not aged in new charred oak barrels as
Bourbon requires, but is aged in Kentucky, or does
not meet other Bourbon requirements.
containing at least 51% rye grain (Canadian Whiskey is rye based)
Made in Tennessee not Kentucky
Does not use Kentucky limestone water
Different filtration process
Bourbon Whiskey blended with non Bourbon Whiskey or spirit, may contain
other additives (colour etc.) also.
For example Brands labeled
Distillery Blend or similar.
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