Too much of a good whiskey is barely enough for Mark Twain. American whiskey that is, and that’s Bourbon.
Whilst most ‘high-end’ Bourbons are aged for six or more years, there is no minimum ageing period required; if it’s aged for less than four years its manufacture date must be specified, and it must be aged for a minimum of two years to claim to be “straight” bourbon. The longer the ageing, the richer the colour, flavour and sweetness.
Popular Bourbon Brands in Australia
Just to complicate matters, bourbon is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Tenessee Whiskey – they both follow similar production methods, but Tenessee Whiskey is filtered through sugar-maple charcoal. It’s a little bit of in-fighting over the bourbon trademark, but because there’s an ‘additive’, it can’t officially be called bourbon. The most well known brands you might be familiar with could include Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark and Wild Turkey – which accurately call themselves bourbon, whilst Jack Daniel’s is actually Tennessee Whiskey.