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    If Straight Bourbon has to be bottled at no more than 125 proof how is George T. Stagg labeled as such?

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    Re: Straight Bourbon

    If Straight Bourbon has to be bottled at no more than 125 proof how is George T. Stagg labeled as such?
    The regulations state "stored" not "bottled" at no more than 125 proof. Although I'm sure they'd like to, the government has no control over evaporation etc. once the barrels are put into storage.

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    Here are the regulations regarding the various whiskeys, including bourbon:
    http://www.distill.com/specs/USA10.html

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    Re: Straight Bourbon

    There are no restrictions to the bottling proof, only the distilled proof and barrelling proof.

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    Thanks all.

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    Re: Straight Bourbon

    The only restriction on bottling proof is at the bottom, it can't be less than 80 proof or it has to be labeled "diluted."

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    Proof rises in the barrel (most often) due apparently to the differing size of alcohol and water molecules. The rules say no entry in barrel at over 125 proof but the government knows it will rise from there "naturally" and as many have said, there is no limit on bottling proof. At the risk of annoying those who rely on searches to discover info already on the board, I would like to ask if some good heart can summarise here the different years and strengths of GTS including the Kentucky-only version. I have a chance to buy some soon and while I won't have a choice of different versions, I am curious about which one I will be buying and its taste characteristics. Thanks.

    Gary

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    Re: Straight Bourbon

    it can't be less than 80 proof or it has to be labeled "diluted."
    Never heard of this before. Are there some bottlings of this in existence or is it a thing of the past?

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    Re: Straight Bourbon

    2002: 15 yr, 137.6 proof (w/ 2002 sticker)
    2003: 15 yr, 142.7 proof (affectionately known here as "HazMat")
    2004: 16 yr, 129 proof
    2005: 16 yr, 8 mo, Lot A 130.9 proof (KY only), Lot B 131.8 proof (outside KY), (the two lots are from the same batch, but bottled at different times

    Copied and pasted from another post, Thanks Barrel Proof.

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    Re: Straight Bourbon

    it can't be less than 80 proof or it has to be labeled "diluted."
    Never heard of this before. Are there some bottlings of this in existence or is it a thing of the past?
    It seems to be a weird holdover of our Prohibition but there are places licenced to sell alcohol which is of lower proof. In Ohio you find that in grocery stores, for example. In our grocery you will find whisky, rum and vodka all around 40 proof. You have to look closely or you'll wind up with something you aren't expecting. They also carry many things for which the lower proof they are allowed to sell is also the usual proof you would expect (beer, wine etc)

    There may be other reasons/examples as well...

    Ken

 

 

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