Introduction by BillieBLVD
Bourbon is authentic and well protected from impurities that will tarnish its brand. We all know the phrase every bourbon is a whiskey but every whiskey is not a bourbon but what separates them. Here are a few facts.
Bourbon must be made of a grain mix of at least 51% corn.
Bourbon must be produced in the USA.
With the exception of water no additives allowed, which is more than I can say for caramel
added to my beloved Scotch
Bourbon must be aged in new, charred oak barrels (yes all three must be in place new, charred,
Bourbon needs to be aged for a minimum of two years
Bourbon is distilled at no more than 160 proof (80% ABV).
That being said bourbon is on the rise with no sign of a slowdown. Buyers want flavors that are meaningful and a price that does not make one wonder if the whiskey is distilled with the tears of unicorns. Make it good, make it proud, and make it accessible.
At no point in recent memory have consumers been as excited about bourbon as they are today.
"We are in the middle of a global whiskey renaissance," Lisa Hawkins, vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council, said. "There is a fascination with bourbon in the U.S. and abroad, with demand booming and no end in sight."
Demand for what Congress designated "America's Native Spirit" has grown so fast that industry watchers have started to warn of bourbon shortages -- and prices have risen so much that a few criminally minded individuals have taken to stagingelaborate bourbon heists.