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Everything You Need To Know About Bourbon

Are you wanting to find out some more information on the popular liquor, bourbon whiskey?
Well you’re in the right place!

We are going to be discussing what exactly bourbon is and what makes it different from regular whiskey.

Also, where bourbon is made, how it is made and other interesting facts on this liquor.

What is bourbon whiskey?

Bourbon whiskey is a spirit distilled from fermented grain mash for an example, wheat, rye, barley and corn.
The liquor is then aged in wooden barrels.

Other popular types include: Scotch, American and Irish.

The name bourbon comes from the French Bourbon dynasty however, the precise inspiration for the name is uncertain.


Bourbon tastes like vanilla, oak and caramel.

These flavours make it enjoyable to drink neat or on the rocks, as well as cocktails!

Bourbons made with more wheat tend to be softer and bourbons with higher rye are spicier.

Where does it come from?

It is thought that bourbon can only come from Kentucky however, it can come from anywhere in America.

Bourbon cannot be made outside of the United States because it is a distinctive product to the place and the word ‘bourbon’ cannot be used to describe any whiskey based spirit not produced in the United States.

95% of bourbon is made in Kentucky!

The difference between Bourbon and Whiskey

For a whiskey to be classed as a bourbon, the mixture of grains from which the product is distilled must contain at least 51% of corn.

It also must be stored in a charred new oak barrel, that must not contain any additives.

Bourbon has no minimum ageing requirement.


Bourbon that is aged longer than four years, must have an age statement on the label.

To be defined as a straight bourbon, it must be aged for a minimum of two years.

Is it good for cocktails?

Yes, bourbon is great for cocktails such as an Old Fashioned or Hot Toddy.

There are countless bourbon cocktails that you can mix up!

Many whiskey cocktails can use any style of the brown liquor, but bourbon is a favourite.

These cocktails are commonly drunk in an Old Fashioned Tumbler, which you can check out here.