Frequently Asked Questions

Liquors / Spirits

An American whiskey, a type of distilled spirit, made primarily from corn and named for Bourbon County, Kentucky.  Bourbon Whiskey is strongly associated with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, but can be made anywhere in the United States, and has been produced since the 18th century.  Bourbon Whiskey is a “distinctive product of the US”, and must meet certain requirements for production.  Almost all bourbons marketed today are made from more than 2/3 corn and have been aged for at least four years.

A distilled beverage, liquor, or spirit is a drinkable liquid containing ethanol produced by distilling, or less commonly freeze distilling, fermented grain, fruit, or vegetables.  This excludes un-distilled fermented beverages such as beer and wine.  Distilled beverages that are bottled with added sugar and added flavorings, are liqueurs.

Hard liquor is often used to distinguish distilled beverages from undistilled ones.

Spirt refers to a distilled beverage that contains no added sugar and has at least 20% ABV.

*On the rocks – spirit served and drunk over ice
*Straight up – spirt shaken or stirred with ice, but drunk by itself
*Neat – spirt served and consumed by itself
*With a simple mixer such as tonic water, cola, water, etc.