Bumped into this site yesterday:
Dang! I'm gonna go get me some Everclear and a "charcoaled" barrel and make me some Bourbon!All whiskey comes off the still as nothing but alcohol and water - pure "moonshine". Ingredients have little, if anything, to do with the flavor. The wood the barrel is make from, how charcoaled the barrel is, how long it's aged, the climate where it's aged, whether or not the barrels are rotated during aging, new vs. used barrels and the water that's added are what determine the flavor.