There’s nothing better on a cold winter’s eve than curling up in your buffalo-checked onesie in front of a fire and sipping a nice glass of bourbon. Or is it whiskey? Is there really a difference?
In short, all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon.
What is Bourbon?
Bourbon is corn-based and must be made in the U.S. Originally, bourbon could only be called such if it was produced in Bourbon County, Kentucky. However, nowadays Bourbon can be made anywhere in the U.S. as long as it’s made of 51 percent corn and distilled properly--in charred oak barrels over a period of three months to two years.
Our bourbon picks: Knob Creek, Woodford Reserve or Pappy Van Winkle, which is aged longer (15 to 23 years) and hard to come by when a batch is finally released.
What is Whiskey?
Whiskey is wheat-, rye-, corn- or barley-based and can be made anywhere in the world. It must also consist of 51 percent of one specific grain and be aged in an oak barrel.
Our whiskey picks: The Glenlivet (Scotch) or Jameson (Irish) are the consistent choices. But let's not discount American made ones like Balcones (Texas), Jack Daniel’s (Tennessee), Kovalc (Illinois) or Pine Barrens (New York).