The Difference Between Straight Bourbon and Bourbon Whiskey

Written by Mark Pringle |
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What is the difference between Straight Bourbon and Bourbon Whiskey? The difference is minimal. However, let's list some similarities before we get into the differences. Bourbon Whiskey and Straight Bourbon Whiskey have the following common traits.

The Similarities

  • Must be produced in the U.S.
  • Must be aged in charred new oak containers at 125 proof or less
  • Must be stored in oak containers
  • Must be distilled at 160 proof or below.
  • Both require a mash of at least 51% corn
  • Bottled at not less than 80 proof
  • If blended, they must be of the same type
  • Harmless coloring, flavoring, and blending materials may not be added

Looking at these similarities, it is hard to imagine what their differences might be. However, there is one difference, and it is related to the aging requirement.

The Differences

Bourbon Whiskey and Straight Bourbon Whiskey have different aging requirements.

  • Bourbon Whiskey must be aged in charred, new oak containers for less than two years.
  • Straight Bourbon Whiskey must be aged in charred, new oak containers for at least two years.

There you have it, the difference between Bourbon Whiskey and Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Author: Mark Pringle
Smell IS taste. I am just a guy who has been hit with the bourbon bug and who has come to the conclusion that life is too short to drink average tasting bourbons. Go Gators!
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