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Difference between Whiskey and Bourbon?

Bourbon is a type of whiskey, whereas not all whiskies are bourbons! Bourbon is a type of whiskey that gets its name from Bourbon County, Kentucky, where it originated. Bourbon tends to be amber-...
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What is the difference between Cognac, Brandy, Bourbon, Scotch and Whiskey?

Bourbon and scotch are types of whiskey and cognac is a variety of brandy. Bourbon is a type of whiskey, whereas not all whiskies are bourbons! The main difference between scotch and whisky is ...
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Can whiskey made outside of Tennessee be considered bourbon?

Bourbon has a stronger association with Kentucky than it does Tennesee. Many people even believe that bourbon has to be made in Kentucky in order to legally qualify as bourbon, which is a ...
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Difference between Whiskey and Bourbon?

Corn. The differences between those drinks ("made for U.S. consumption"), and the difference between whiskey and bourbon are two separate questions (the former has been well answered). Beverage ...
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Why is there sand in my bourbon?

It's probably "barrel char" which is the inside of the barrel that was carbonized or "charred". Charred wood is pretty flaky and comes off easily. Sometimes this gets filtered out and sometimes the ...
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Difference between Whiskey and Bourbon?

Wikipedia is a great resource. The Federal Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits (27 C.F.R. 5) state that bourbon made for U.S. consumption[18] must be: Produced in the United ...
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What makes bourbon sweet?

Many chemical compounds, like saccharin for example, can taste sweet. There are hundreds of chemical compounds in bourbon and a number of them or combinations of them can lead to that sense of ...
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Why does/should my bartender let the ice cube sit before pouring?

I don't have an answer based on prior knowledge, but based on the info in your question about preventing cracking, it makes sense that it would also prevent ice melt. Each crack increases the surface ...
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Is there a standard for spirits and their decanter shapes?

Is there a standard for spirits and their decanter shapes? The short answer seems to be no. There seems to be no known standard for spirits or wine and their decanter shapes. Historically, I can find ...
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Does having an extreme climate increase quality when aging bourbon?

The weather and climate definitly has an effect on how the whisky ages. But I wouldn't talk about increased quality. Quality in terms of "tastes better" is always something subjective. Some ...
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Makers 46 "Straight Bourbon"

Actually, the label doesn't say it's Straight Bourbon Whisky. It says it's Straight Bourbon Whisky finished with french oak. So, it was Straight Bourbon before it was finished. Jim Beam probably didn'...
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What is the difference between Cognac, Brandy, Bourbon, Scotch and Whiskey?

The answer above nails the quantitative parts of the question, but I'll spend a little time adding a qualitative answer. In terms of flavour and the experience while drinking, Brandy and Whisky are ...
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What makes bourbon sweet?

I did not see this mentioned...wood is made up of fibers of cellulose and hemicellulose. Both of these substances are polymers of sugar, just like starch is a polymer of sugar. When the barrel is ...
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Can whiskey made outside of Tennessee be considered bourbon?

Bourbon is national regulated, and considered the national spirit of the US. Tennessee Whiskey, is State regulated. Bourbon is very much associated with Kentucky, not Tennessee but they are very ...
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Why does/should my bartender let the ice cube sit before pouring?

It may be that the original purpose is to let the ice melt a little and start the drink off as a whiskey & water before the liquid gets chilled. When you add just a small amount (no more than a ...
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