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Contrary to popular belief, bourbon doesn’t have to be aged in American oak. However, to achieve its flavourful, famed and salivating flavour, bourbon whiskey is best distilled in new oak barrels that have been charred to an exacting level which is subject to the distillery’s preferences. It’s generally accepted that Char No. 4 is the most popular, however that doesn’t mean that all bourbon barrels should use this level only.

There are six defining characteristics of bourbon whiskey. These are that it must be made from a grain mash containing at least 51% corn. It must be less than 160% proof. Also, the distillation process must be free of additives. It must be aged in new, charred white oak barrels and aged for two years. The last, and most decisive, of bourbon’s characteristics is that it must be made in the USA.

There are six defining characteristics of bourbon whiskey. These are that it must be made from a grain mash containing at least 51% corn. It must be less than 160% proof. Also, the distillation process must be free of additives. It must be aged in new, charred white oak barrels and aged for two years. The last, and most decisive, of bourbon’s characteristics is that it must be made in the USA.

Approximately 95% of all bourbon is distilled in Kentucky. According to statistics, the state of Kentucky is home to more barrels of bourbon than people who live there. Titled ‘America’s Native Spirit’ the influence that bourbon has had on the USA and its global appeal cannot be underestimated.

With a storied history, the most prominent aspect being the era of Prohibition in the 1920s, bourbon whiskey has had a notable impact not on the USA’s economy and culture, but its history.

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