A Bourbon Whiskey, or more commonly called a Bourbon, is whiskey made anywhere in the United States that follows a strict set of regulations as set forth in the Spirits Act of 1964.
The regulations set forth in the Spirits Act are as follows:
Kentucky Bourbon MUST be made in Kentucky.
Straight Bourbon must follow all of the regulations that bourbon does, but also must be aged for a minimum of 2 years and if aged less than 4 years, must have a precise age-statement on the bottle. This means that all Straight Bourbon Whiskey expressions that lack an age-statement are at least 4 years old.
Some examples of each type of bourbon we’ve looked at are listed below:
Bourbon: FEW Bourbon, Sonoma Bourbon and Hudson Baby Bourbon
Kentucky Bourbon: Evan Williams*, Old Forester*, Willett Pot Still*
Straight Bourbon: Elijah Craig, Woodford Reserve, Noah’s Mill
*Each of these expressions is also a Straight Bourbon