When can you call a whiskey bourbon?

Matthew Landan Uncategorized

All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon.

You may be familiar with this phrase, but just when does whiskey get the distinction as bourbon? If you’re new to bourbon, odds are this is one of your first questions. At Haymarket Whiskey Bar, just as the name implies, we have a massive selection of over 400 whiskeys and 250 unique bourbons. So we added a glossary in all of our menus to help you navigate all that variety. But if you learn nothing else from your bourbon tasting, take away this definition.

Bourbon Whiskey

A barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn, named after the French House of Bourbon. Bourbon Whiskey has been distilled in Kentucky since the 18th century. Bourbon must be made in the USA and contain at least 51% corn in the mashbill. The other grains include rye or wheat and malted barley. Bourbon must be aged in new charred White Oak casks. Straight Bourbon is at least 2 years old. Over 90% of the world’s bourbon is produced and distilled in Kentucky.