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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

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Bourbon: What it is ... and isn't

This is the third in a series on Bourbon by Zach Pearson. Read them all: Bourbon, Bourbon After the Act, Bourbon: What it is ... and isn't, Making Bourbon, Who Makes My Bourbon, Producer Capsules., Finding the Good Stuff, Tasting the Good Stuff, Neat, Mashbills, Geeky Information and Resources.

Defining bourbon is complicated. It’s easiest to quote the relevant laws then talk about them, so let’s go to the official record, the Federal Standards of Identity for Whiskey, CFR 27 5.22 (b). Skip down if you don't care to wade through the laws.

(b) Class 2; whiskey. “Whiskey” is an alcoholic distillate from a fermented mash of grain produced at less than 190° proof in such manner that the distillate possesses the taste, aroma, and characteristics generally attributed to whiskey, stored in oak containers (except that corn whiskey need not be so stored), and bottled at not less than 80° proof, and also includes mixtures of such distillates for which no specific standards of identity are prescribed.

Recent Additions

  • CliveAmarg — Mezcal, Triple sec, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, Lime cordial, Egg white, Olive juice
  • Applejack Sour — Apple brandy, Bitters, Lemon juice, Orange juice, Maple syrup, Nutmeg
  • SWOboy Blues — Gin, Blue Curaçao, Maraschino Liqueur, Herbal liqueur, Absinthe, Egg white, Olive juice, Sugar
  • Thin Mint Stinger — Cognac, Virgin Islands Rum, Branca Menta, White Crème de Menthe, Crème de Cacao
  • Clive and the 4 P's — Pisco, Pavan, Pomegranate Liqueur, Herbal liqueur, Egg white

Recent Discussion

  • Re The Barricade, 7 hours 8 minutes ago Cara A commented:

    I dialed back the Campari for my husband, who is not a huge fan, and amped up each vermouth a bit so that there were equal parts Campari- dry-sweet. Still a strong Campari presence, but more pleasing to my particular crowd.

  • Re The San Martin, 7 hours ago SmilingJaguar commented:

    Made this with Spring 44 Mountain Gin and Dolin Rouge. Very nice! Takes me to the mountains.

  • Re Nolita, 1 day 7 hours ago quintonchandler commented:

    Definitely going to try this!

  • Re Nolita, 1 day 7 hours ago quintonchandler commented:

    What a funky drink! I made one the other day and found it to be very good! I messed around with it a bit and I definitely will be making it for people soon!

  • Re Morning Addition, 1 day 17 hours ago joegatorsr commented:

    Nice, easy sipping iced coffee. Didnt like the bitters on top - preferred stirred