Is whiskey bourbon?..can bourbon be whiskey?. What is the difference in taste. I also hear bourbon sippers say that you want single malt..why?. One of these Saturday nights I might put on a cartegen sweater and stroll in doing my best Rat Pack cool guy asking for a single malt but I need to know what I'm talking about.
To be labeled “straight bourbon”, the mash bill must be at least 50% corn, and it must be aged at least 2 years in a charred oak barrel. To be a straight rye, the mash bill must be at least 50% rye, plus the 2 years in the charred oak barrel.
Bourbon drinkers often prefer single barrel (not single malt; that’s a Scotch thing), because said barrel has been selected by professional tasters and connoisseurs to be better than other barrels of the same lot. It’s the cream of the crop, so to speak.