1. President Taft is responsible for our current definition of whiskey.
As whiskey came of age in America, no one was sure how to exactly
define it. Could blended whiskey and bonded straight whiskey both be
just be called "whiskey"? The Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 stipulated
that whiskey must come from the same distillery, be made in the same
season, be at least four years old, and be bottled at 100 proof to be
labeled "Bottled-in-Bond" or "Bonded." But that didn't fully answer the
question, and producers of blended and straight whiskey were both
adamant that their product be called simply "whiskey"...Keep reading!
2. Charred barrels weren't always the norm.
After the Louisiana Purchase was added to the United States, Kentucky
distillers were sending whiskey down to New Orleans in uncharred
barrels, but no one was buying it. Veach theorizes that it the Tarascon
brothers, who hailed from France and handled trade between Louisville
and New Orleans, came up with the method of putting whiskey in toasted
3. If the bourbon mash bill has less than 10 percent malted barley, enzymes are added.
We know that bourbon must be at least 51 percent corn and that other
grains such as wheat, rye, and malted barley are used to complete the
mash bill. Distillers can adjust how much of each grain they're using,
and there is no minimum amount of malted barley that bourbon is required
to contain...Keep reading!