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What's the Difference Between Bourbon and Whiskey?

Difference Between Bourbon and Whiskey


What's the Difference Between Bourbon and Whiskey?

If you're not someone who drinks a lot of brown liquor, the difference between bourbon and whiskey might not seem all that evident and easy to spot. After all, both bourbon and whiskey look about the same. And to add to the possible confusion, if you just refer to bourbon as whiskey, you wouldn't be wrong! Bourbon is a type of whiskey, in the same way, that champagne is a type of wine. So all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. Makes sense? Well, let us get things clearer for you.

How They are Defined

By definition, Whiskey is a spirit distilled from fermented grain mash. The grain varieties include wheat, rye, barley, and corn, which are then aged in wooden barrels. Whiskey is made all over the world and there are many popular styles including Scotch whisky, Irish whiskey, and American whiskey. The most popular form of American whiskey is bourbon, which has its own specific distilling process and predefined norms in order to classify it as bourbon.

To qualify, Bourbon needs to be produced in America and made from 51 percent corn, and whiskey does not. It also needs to be stored in new charred oak barrels, whereas whiskey barrels need to be oak, but neither new nor charred. Lastly, to be called bourbon, the liquid needs to be distilled to no more than 160 proof and entered into the barrel at 125. For other whiskies, the liquid must be distilled to no more than 190 proof. This isn’t just common practice; it’s touted as actual bourbon law.

Where They Came From

Historians can trace the origins of Whiskey back to Ireland, where there is evidence of it being distilled in the early 15th century. Because of its historical and geographical significance, there are strict legal guidelines in place to maintain quality standards and ensure that each type of whiskey maintains its unique attributes.

There are many myths and legends about the origins of bourbon, but it's believed that it has been distilled in the United States since the late 18th century.

What do You need To Remember?

Walking into a liquor store and picking out a bottle of whiskey can seem like a daunting process, and that’s why understanding the nuances and differences between each style of the spirit can help you find the whiskey that best suits your taste and intended serving style.

Whether it's bourbon or any other type of whiskey, there are years of work and centuries of history behind each bottle. Just remember, Bourbon, Scotch, and Rye are all types of whiskey, and they are all delicious! So stop stressing, and start Sipn with a group of like-minded liquor enthusiasts.

The Sipn app has been intuitively designed to cater to people, who enjoy and are open to exploring the world of Bourbon. Get acquainted with the drink with us, because we can’t wait for you to Get Sipn when we launch!

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