News Flash! Bourbon is NOT limited to production in Kentucky! Evidently this is a common misconception as the few people who I’ve talked to about the new W.H. Harrison Indiana Bourbon thought the same thing I did. Kentucky is however the only state allowed to put its name on the bottle.
- Bourbon must be made of a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn (maize).
- Bourbon must be distilled to no more than 160 (U.S.) proof (80% alcohol by volume).
- Neither coloring nor flavoring may be added.
- Bourbon must be aged in new, charred oak barrels.
- Bourbon must be entered into the barrel at no more than 125 proof (62.5% alcohol by volume).
- Bourbon, like other whiskeys, may be bottled at not less than 80 proof (40% alcohol by volume).
- Bourbon that meets the above requirements and has been aged for a minimum of two years may (but is not required to) be called Straight Bourbon.
- Straight Bourbon aged for a period less than four years must be labeled with the duration of its aging.
- If an age is stated on the label, it must be the age of the youngest whiskey in the bottle.
- Only whiskey produced in the United States can be called bourbon.
Available a several retail locations in Indiana I’m planning on picking up a bottle for research purposes. I have a few favorite Kentucky Bourbons so I’m curious to see how W.H. Harrison compares. More to come on this one…