Wine & Spirits 101

Bourbon vs. whiskey.

Bourbon needs to be produced in America and made from at least 51% corn, and whiskey does not. Additionally, Bourbon must be distilled to no more than 160 proof and entered into barrels at 125 proof.  For other whiskies, the liquid must be distilled to no more than 190 proof. Bourbon needs to be stored in new, charred-oak barrels; whiskey barrels need to be oak, but not new or charred.

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