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A spirit that has stood the test of time, bourbon is a rich and oakey alcohol that is a long-standing symbol of American tradition. What defines bourbon is the fact that it has a mash bill of at least 51% corn, and this has remained the standard percentage throughout time.
Other grains in the mash bill consist of wheat, rye and sometimes a small amount of malted barley. Another defining quality of bourbon is the fact that the mash bill must be distilled at 160 proof or less and put into the barrel at under 125 proof.
When it comes to defining bourbon, people often wonder how it’s unique from whiskey. Earlier, we explained what defines bourbon, but how is it actually different? This is essential to know, especially when you’re at the liquor store trying to decide which one to buy!
The reality is that bourbon is actually a type of whiskey, and not all whiskeys can be considered bourbon. Whiskey and bourbon are both brown or auburn liquors and sometimes have a very similar taste. However, they are vastly different.
Unlike bourbon, whiskey could be any mixture of rye, wheat, corn or barley, while bourbon must contain a minimum of 51% corn. Also, it is not required that whiskey is aged in new charred white oak barrels. This is actually required by law for bourbon because these barrels are so critical to the liquor’s unique nutty and sweet flavor. It’s also required by law that bourbon is produced exclusively in the United States.
To put it simply, the process for bourbon distillation is significantly more extensive than that of whiskey!
The way that bourbon is made is a tried and true practice that goes back for many generations. Believe it or not, nearly 95% of all bourbons are distilled in Kentucky due to historical prevalence. The other reason is because of how the fluctuating seasons allow the charred oak barrels to expand and contract, therefore releasing more of the sweet wood sugars into the alcohol.
So much goes into the process of distillation, and there is much to be appreciated about the carefully-curated flavor profile and natural tones that emerge from the synergy of mash bill and barrel.
With that being said, our favorite ways to drink bourbon include either neat or on the rocks. Bourbon afficiatandos are often purists, as these are the best ways to enjoy the bourbon in its purest form. When we say neat, we mean “as is” - without anything added and at room temperature. That way you will be able to enjoy its genuine flavor. If you’d like, you can add just a few drops of water to help open up the aromas.
If drinking the bourbon neat feels a bit too extreme, you can always pour it over ice. Although this will dilute the alcohol, you will still be able to appreciate the unique notes and qualities. If you’d still like to mix the bourbon with something additional, we highly suggest going as simple as possible. An Old Fashioned is a great way to go with a simple addition of sugar and possibly even a cherry and piece of orange peel if you’re feeling daring.