Bourbon or Rye Whiskey

Bonjour beauties 🙂
A local wine/beer shop (The Savory Grape) that I’m a fan of is doing some great things lately, including awesome posts about booze! Below is a copy of one that I enjoyed and thought you may as well.
Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
Bourbon and Rye are two types of whiskey that often get confused. Read our recent post

about their differences.

Rye was originally very popular in the Pre-Prohibition era and held its own through the ’30s. Bourbon production gained in popularity after this time, when sweeter, smoother styles caught the attention of many American imbibers. Rye recently has been “rediscovered” as an after-dinner drink and a main component of many classic and modern cocktails. Below are the different rules for bourbon and rye production.

Regulations for Bourbon Production:
1. Must be made inside of the United States. One of the most common misconceptions about Bourbon is that it needs to made in Bourbon County.
2. Must be at least 51% corn and 49% of the rest of it can be other grains.
3. Aged in new charred American Oak barrels.
4. Can’t be distilled to an ABV higher than 80%.

5. When it enters the bottle, it must be at least 40% ABV. Don’t forget that 49% can be other grains, with the most common types being rye and wheat. As a general rule of thumb rye adds spice; wheat and corn add sweetness.

Regulations for Rye Whiskey Production:
Many of the rules of rye production are similar but..
1. Must be 51% rye and the rest can be other grains.
2. Needs to be aged in brand new charred American Oak barrels.
3. The same upper limits apply for distillation apply as bourbon, not to exceed 80% ABV.
4. The same rules for entering barrels apply as well, not to exceed 62.5% ABV.
To be considered rye whiskey, it doesn’t have to be produced in the U.S. Canada has a
long standing tradition of using rye in its whiskey and has its own rules for production.
There are no standards as far as the minimum rye content in Canadian Whiskey, or any

regarding aging either. One of the only 100% rye whiskeys actually comes from Canada.

Bourbon & Rye Taste Differences:
Bourbon is fuller, richer, sometimes sweeter and has more concentrated notes of vanilla, baking spices and caramel. Rye is often drier and has more of a focus on the vegetal aspect. Canadian Rye is more mellow and light, with a hint of the rye spiciness. Taste test and see what you like best. Our team is split!

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Bonjour, I'm Azure; a healthy dose of eccentricity best taken with a grain of salt. Most people describe me as sassy, and I like that. I love words, and think that anyone who can twist them in their mouth and make something beautiful come out is sexy and someone with whom I want to spend my time. I read a lot (bordering on too much), and am baller at boggle. I happen to be addicted to concerts/live music, and will listen to anything that can carry a beat, and even those that don't. I believe that being normal is boring, and love bright colors. I have a soft spot for animals, particularly dogs and horses, but I am beginning to be a cat person as well. Sometimes, I will admit that I like some animals better than some people - they're great listeners and don't judge. J'adore voyager. Someday I want to be able to look at a map of the world and say "I have been there, there, and there... and there", and have a memory attached to them all. I've recently begun to work at an organic juice bar, and diet/holistic health is starting to become a main passion of mine. I want to be able to experience our world, as well as help save it. Oh, and unicorns exist.

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