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So, What Is the Difference Between Bourbon and Whiskey?

If you’ve ever wanted to make an Old Fashioned and wondered, as you rummaged through your parents’ liquor cabinet, if bourbon would work in place of whiskey, what you’re about you learn will help. Why? Because we’re going to explain the difference between bourbon and whiskey.

What Is Whiskey?

Whiskey is a brown liquor that must be made from a fermented mash that’s at least 51 percent of one type of grain and then aged in wood, usually oak. Whiskey must be no more than 190 proof (95% ABV) and no less than 80 proof (40% ABV).

Spirits in the Whiskey Family

– Bourbon – Scotch – Rye – Tennessee Whiskey – Japanese Whisky – Canadian Whisky – Irish Whiskey

What is Bourbon?

Bourbon is a type of whiskey made from at least 51 percent corn and aged in new charred oak barrels. It must be made in the United States, distilled to no more than 160 proof, barreled at no more than 125 proof, and bottled at at least 80 proof. Straight bourbon must be aged for two years or more.

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