Did you not that not all whiskey is bourbon, but all bourbon is indeed whiskey? If you’re confused at this point and perhaps thinking, "Isn’t Bourbon just a county in Kentucky?" you’ve come to the right place. Whiskey classifications can be tricky, so to help clear things up, we’ve got a history lesson for you on America’s favorite spirit.
Dustin Haarstad, bartender and beverage director at a renowned whiskey bar, explains bourbon’s rise to prominence and the laws (yes, laws!) that determine what constitutes bourbon.
Learn hospitality skills for today’s world, including:
- The history of bourbon and how it gained popularity in the United States
- The distilling requirements for a whiskey to be called bourbon
- What ingredients can and can’t be included in bourbon
- The difference between straight and bonded bourbon
Servers and bartenders, polish your whiskey knowledge with help from the world’s best!
Dustin Haarstad is a bartender and beverage director at the acclaimed whiskey bar Canon, and the founder of cocktail consulting company Blind Tiger Cocktail Co.