Rules of Bourbon Slideshow

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Bourbon must be made of a grain mixture consisting of at least 51% corn.

Bourbon Rule #1

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Bourbon must be made of a grain mixture consisting of at least 51% corn.

Bourbon Rule #2

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Bourbon must be distilled to no more than 160 (U.S.) proof (80% alcohol by volume).

Bourbon Rule #3

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Nothing can be added to bourbon besides distilled water (no colors, flavors or caramel coloring).

Bourbon Rule #4

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Bourbon must be aged in new, charred oak aging barrels.

Bourbon Rule #5

Bourbon may not be introduced to the barrel at higher than 125 proof (62.5% alcohol by volume).

Bourbon Rule #6

Bourbon which meets the above requirements and has been aged for a minimum of two years, may (but is not required to) be called Straight Bourbon.

Bourbon Rule #7

Bourbon aged for a period less than four years must be labeled with the duration of its aging.

Bourbon Rule #8

If an age is stated on the label, it must be the age of the youngest whiskey in the bottle.

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