At Sex, Cigars & Booze Lifestyle Magazine every day is bourbon day, but today is officially National Bourbon Day. Celebrate America’s “Native Spirit”
In 1964, Congress declared bourbon to be a distinctive product identifiable with the United States of America.
On August 2, 2007, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution officially declaring September “National Bourbon Heritage Month,” marking the history of bourbon whiskey.
By Federal law (27 C.F.R. 5), in order to be called bourbon all of the following factors must be true:
• At least 51% of the grain used in making the whiskey must be corn (most distillers use 65 to 75% corn)
• Aged in new, charred-oak barrels
• Distilled to no more than 160 proof (80% alcohol by volume)
• Entered into the barrel for aging at no more than 125 proof (62.5% alcohol by volume)
• Bottled at 80 proof or more (40% alcohol by volume)
• Must be aged for a minimum of two years
• To be called straight bourbon nothing can be added at bottling to enhance flavor, add sweetness, or alter color