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What is Bourbon?

What is Bourbon?

Bourbon is a distilled spirit that meets the following criteria:

  • Produced in the United States
  • Made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn
  • Aged in new, charred oak barrels
  • Distilled to no more than 160 proof 80% ABV
  • Entered into the barrel for aging at no more than 125 proof 62.5% ABV
  • Bottled at more than 80 proof / 40% ABV

Bourbon has no minimum specified duration for its aging period. Products aged for a few months can be sold as bourbon.

Bourbon that has been aged for fewer than three years cannot legally be referred to as whiskey (or whisky) in the EU.

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