1. A type of whiskey distilled in the United States. According to the US Federal Government, a whiskey may only be labeled as bourbon if it meets the following requirements:
  • Produced in the United States
  • Made of a grain mixture (mash) that is at least 51% corn
  • Aged in new, charred oak barrels
  • Distilled to no more than 160 proof (80% ABV)
  • Entered into the barrel for aging at no more than 125 proof (62.5% ABV)
  • Bottled at a minimum of 80 proof (40% ABV)

In order to be considered a “straight” bourbon, it must be aged for a minimum of two years, and contain no added coloring, flavoring, or other spirits blended in.