Is Jack Daniel's Bourbon? Yes, Find Out Why
Is Jack Daniel's Bourbon? You've come to the right place to find out
First off, Jack Daniel's is whiskey
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Is Jack Daniel's Bourbon? Let's find out step by step
Where is it made?
Tennessee Whiskey: Only in Tennessee
Bourbon: Only in the United StatesVerdict: Tennessee is in the United States, meaning so far it’s possible that Tennessee whiskey is a type of bourbon
What's the mashbill?
Tennessee Whiskey: At least 51% corn
Bourbon: At least 51% cornVerdict: The same
How is it aged?
Tennessee Whiskey: Must be aged in virgin oak barrels (the barrel has never been used to age anything else)
Bourbon: Must be aged in virgin oak barrelsVerdict: The same
Maximum distillation proof
Tennessee Whiskey: No higher than 160 proof
Bourbon : No higher than 160 proofVerdict: The same
Maximum barrel entry proof
Tennessee Whiskey: No higher than 125 proof
Bourbon: No higher than 125 proof
Verdict: The same*It is ok if the ABV exceeds 125 proof after oak aging
Minimum ABV in the bottle
Tennessee Whiskey: 80 proof
Bourbon: 80 proofVerdict: The same
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Is Jack Daniel's Bourbon? The more contentious part
The Lincoln County Process before barrel aging (aka charcoal filtering)
Jack Daniel's says that it's not bourbon
Putting it all together to determine if Jack Daniel's is bourbon
- maximum distillation proof
- type of barrel used for aging
- maximum barrel entry proof
- minimum bottling ABV
- US origins
George Dickel Tennessee whiskey is Tennessee whiskey
George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey is bourbon
Tennessee whiskey is bourbon
(the other way around is not necessarily true because bourbon can be made anywhere in the US)
Jack Daniel’s is Tennessee whiskey
Tennessee whiskey is bourbon
Jack Daniel’s is bourbon
(but not the Tennessee rye)
Is Jack Daniel's Bourbon?
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