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    Re: Iron Horse Kentucky Bourbon

    Quote Originally Posted by wku88 View Post
    Regardless of the "technicalities", it ain't bourbon unless:
    1) The mashbill is >51% corn
    2) It's fermented, distilled, and aged in Kentucky in new charred oak barrels
    3)the ABV is 43% or greater
    4) the only thing mixed with it before it goes in the bottle is limestone spring water.
    5)the whiskey can be mixed with different ages, but must not be mixed with distillate from different recipes

    It may be whiskey, it may taste good, but unless it meets the above criteria, it ain't bourbon to me. You want different taste profiles, fine, but don't call it Bourbon unless it is from the same recipe. American Whisky is a fine label for blends and watered down stuff...but please don't call it Bourbon.
    I'm not sure there are many bourbons on the shelf that meet all of these...and historically even less. What really matters most is how it tastes, but is it nice, even preferable, to know what is in the bottle.

    I would bet that less distilleries than you would think use limestone spring water for their cut...
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    Re: Iron Horse Kentucky Bourbon

    Quote Originally Posted by camduncan View Post
    Hmmmm, someone better tell Jim Beam that they aren't selling bourbon in Australia then ......All Jim Beam White sold in Australia is shipped here (in barrels I assume) and bottled at 37.5% and is still legally able to be called bourbon....
    According to those specs, it's isn't bourbon in the states either...it's only 40% there......

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