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What Makes It Bourbon?

Bourbon whiskey is a type of American whiskey that is known for its distinctive flavor and production methods. It is primarily made from corn, but it can also include other grains such as rye, wheat, or barley. 

What makes it bourbon?
To be legally labeled as bourbon, the whiskey must meet specific criteria. It must be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn, distilled to no more than 160 proof, and entered into the barrel for aging at no more than 125 proof. After that, the bourbon must be aged in new, charred oak barrels, and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof. These regulations ensure consistency and quality across numerous brands and the aging process gives bourbon its distinct color and flavor.

What does bourbon taste like?
Bourbon is often characterized by its rich and full-bodied flavor profile. Typically, bourbon exhibits notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, and sometimes hints of spice or fruit. The high corn content contributes to its slightly sweet taste. 

Where does bourbon come from?
Kentucky is often seen as the center for bourbon but it can be produced anywhere in the United States. The popularity of bourbon has surged in recent years, both domestically and internationally, as enthusiasts appreciate its craftsmanship, history, and unique flavor characteristics.

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