All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon – whether or not you’ve heard this saying before, you still may not be able to pinpoint the exact differences between these two spirits. Nevertheless, the distinction is crucial to making a well-informed buying decision.

What is Whiskey?

A broad category of liquor, whiskey – or whisky – is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash, such as barley, corn, rye and wheat. Giving whiskey its distinct brown hue, wooden barrels, generally made of charred white oak, are used during the aging process. Popular types include single malt whiskey, blended malt whiskey, blended whiskey and single cask. As they’re produced in grain-growing areas around the world, whiskeys vary in flavor from region to region.

What is Bourbon?

By definition, bourbon is an American whiskey distilled from a mash containing at least 51% corn and aged in charred white oak casks. These spirits have been produced for nearly two centuries in the South – most notably in Kentucky. While bourbon is a type of whiskey, it has a distinct flavor profile with notes of vanilla, oak and caramel. To be considered bourbon, the whiskey must be distilled to no more than 160 proof, must be bottled at no less than 80 proof and cannot contain any additives, such as flavoring or coloring.

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Whether you’re looking for whiskey or true American bourbon, Pascale’s Liquors in Liverpool, NY carries a large selection of spirits to suit every palate. Contact us today to see what we have in stock, or visit us in person at 7401 Oswego Road.