While the origins of Bourbon Whiskey are highly debated, what we do know is that to be considered Bourbon, the bulk spirit must be distilled in a specific environment following proper legal regulations. Bourbon has been produced in Kentucky since the 1800s and is currently still celebrated and consumed as a classic American whiskey.

Whether you’re looking to learn more about classic American styled liquors, or you’re looking to learn more about what types of bulk whiskey would work best for your needs, then you’ve come to the right place. Bourbon and other types of whiskey are easily available in bulk liquid sourcing units due to the distilling and aging process. To learn more about Bourbon as a bulk liquor, read on.

Here’s what you need to know about Bourbon:

  • Requirements for Bourbon

  • Types of Bourbon

  • Brindiamo Group Helps Businesses Source the Right Amount of Liquor

Requirements for Bourbon

When it comes to production and labeling, there are a number of legal requirements that must be met for a spirit to be considered a classic American Bourbon. It is important to note that the name “bourbon” refers exclusively to liquors made within the United States, distilled following American Whiskey Aging regulations.

Exports of bourbon outside of Canada are exempt from these regulations.

The Federal Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits made for US consumption includes the following rules for bourbon:

  • The spirit must be produced either the United States

  • The mash (a mixture of fermentable grain) must include a minimum of 51% corn

  • Spirits must be aged in a new, charred oak barrel

  • Must be distilled to produce 80% alcohol

  • Must enter the barrel for aging at no more than 62.5% alcohol

  • Mash must be distilled to no more than 160 proof, or less

  • Distillate must be stored in charred new oak barrels at no more than 125 proof, or less

  • Per bottle, bourbon must reach 40% alcohol, or 80 proof

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Types of Bourbon

With so many different ways to distill whiskey alone, the typical American Bourbon that we have come to know and love, can be distilled and aged differently, thus offering a variety of flavor notes.

Here are some of the most common types of bourbon whiskey:

High Corn Bourbon

Like we said earlier, to be considered an American Bourbon, the aging spirit must contain a minimum of 51% corn. While bourbons that are distilled up to 70 or 80% are more rare, the result of a “high corn” bourbon provides a much sweeter flavor.

High Rye Bourbon

Rye, another type of whiskey, distilled similarly to the classic style of Bourbon, tends to be produced using 8 to 10% rye. Bourbons that are considered “high rye” tend to make use of the spicy, bold flavorings with up to 35% rye utilized in the distilling and aging process. The result of a high rye bourbon offers a spiced, warm flavor that packs a punch at 100 proof.

Wheated Bourbon

When traditionally aging and distilling bourbon, wheat isn’t included in the recipe. However, wheated bourbons do exist! These types of spirits tend to use wheat as the secondary ingredient in their mixture, after corn. With a variety of differing grain percentages, wheat bourbons tend to offer sweet, soft notes of caramel and vanilla.

Cask Strength

When it comes to bourbon that packs on an extra punch so many avid drinkers tend to love, cask strength or barrel-proof bourbons are the way to go. For those who tend to enjoy a dizzying flavor adventure, cask strength bourbon comes straight from the barrel and isn’t cut with water. Providing a powerful, smoky, charred taste from the oak wood barrel, cask strength bourbon offers those classic American notes.

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