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    Artificial coloring. Which bourbons do this? I have my suspicions ....

    but I'm too much of a bourbon noob to really have a good clue as to whether or not the color of a particular bourbon has been artificially played with, so I will keep my mouth shut.

    Any of you more experienced types have any info on this?

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    Re: Artificial coloring. Which bourbons do this? I have my suspicions ....

    Straight bourbon can't have any artificial coloring added (unlike Scotch). What specifically are you wondering about (brand)?
    Last edited by sutton; 10-31-2013 at 07:38. Reason: corrected for "straight"
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    Re: Artificial coloring. Which bourbons do this? I have my suspicions ....

    ...it can't be labeled straight bourbon if there are any additives at all...water, corn, rye/wheat, barley, and new charred American White Oak barrels and that's all that allowed for it to begin life as a straight bourbon. Then, it must age a minimum of 2 years. If less than 4 years old it must have an age statement.
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    Re: Artificial coloring. Which bourbons do this? I have my suspicions ....

    Quote Originally Posted by smknjoe View Post
    ...it can't be labeled straight bourbon if there are any additives at all...water, corn, rye/wheat, barley, and new charred American White Oak barrels and that's all that allowed for it to begin life as a straight bourbon. Then, it must age a minimum of 4 years.
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    Re: Artificial coloring. Which bourbons do this? I have my suspicions ....

    No, Straight Bourbon is not artificially colored though generally speaking the longer it stays in the barrel the darker it gets.
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    Re: Artificial coloring. Which bourbons do this? I have my suspicions ....

    If they bottle it for the export market they can add coloring but they can't sell it in the US if it's labeled Straight Bourbon Whiskey. I suppose they would call it colour not color.
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    Re: Artificial coloring. Which bourbons do this? I have my suspicions ....

    Quote Originally Posted by Lazer View Post
    If they bottle it for the export market they can add coloring but they can't sell it in the US if it's labeled Straight Bourbon Whiskey. I suppose they would call it colour not color.
    I didn't know that. Why even bother since bourbon is typically darker than Scotch (for example)? And to be clear - it can be labeled straight if colored and for export only?
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    Re: Artificial coloring. Which bourbons do this? I have my suspicions ....

    Quote Originally Posted by sutton View Post
    Straight bourbon can't have any artificial coloring added (unlike Scotch). What specifically are you wondering about (brand)?
    Great, that answers my question. I despise the thought of coloring being added. So I will check and make sure that I'm only drinking straight bourbon, and I think I am. I might've been confusing the rules for scotch with the rules for bourbon, which made me think some of what is in my bourbon stash had some coloring added. And I will check the labels when I get home tonight to confirm all of my bourbon is of the straight variety.

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    Re: Artificial coloring. Which bourbons do this? I have my suspicions ....

    Quote Originally Posted by smknjoe View Post
    I didn't know that. Why even bother since bourbon is typically darker than Scotch (for example)? And to be clear - it can be labeled straight if colored and for export only?
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    Re: Artificial coloring. Which bourbons do this? I have my suspicions ....

    I wanna know what your suspicions were!

 

 

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