Are you a Bourbon Expert?
This is where we separate the geeks from the regular people who just like to drink good booze. Do you have what it takes to call yourself a Bourbon Expert? Take the quiz and find out!
The Stitzel-Weller Distilling Company, which was founded in 1935 in collaboration with W. L. Weller & Sons and the A. Ph. Stitzel Distillery, produced numerous brands including Van Winkle, W. L. Weller, and Old Weller, to name a few. Which of the following was another brand they produced? *
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To be called Bourbon, the otherwise qualified distillate or “white dog” must be aged in charred new oak containers. In this hypothetical example, let’s assume we’re dealing with a new distillate that might eventually become bourbon and has not been aged in a barrel yet. As a result it’s still colorless at this point. It has been distilled from a mash of 85% corn, 10% rye, and 5% malted barley. What could it legally be called if its producer were to simply bottle it up instead of aging it in a barrel? *
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If a product labelled as “Bourbon Whiskey” contains a mixture of 30% 2 year old and 70% 8 year old bourbon, what would be a legal age statement?
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Which brand of Bourbon was made and sold before, during, and after Prohibition...and still under the same ownership today?
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While Bourbon ages, the portion that passes through the barrel walls and is ultimately lost to evaporation over time is referred to as the “Angel’s Share.” In contrast, the portion that becomes stuck in the barrel walls and essentially lost when the Bourbon is dumped is referred to as the “Devil’s Cut.” While the exact amount varies from barrel to barrel, what is the approximate volume of Bourbon that would be considered the Devil’s Cut that remains within the walls of a standard 53 gallon barrel after aging?
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Bourbon is a distinctive product of the United States, and according to many trade agreements can only be legally produced within the United States. However, numerous brands available in other countries seem to violate these rules, including Bourbons sold in Australia and the European Union. What’s the best explanation for this?
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A particular product labelled as “A Blend of Straight Bourbon Whiskeys” contains numerous Straight Bourbon Whiskeys but also contains 2.5% harmless coloring / flavoring materials. Is this legal?
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In the United States, the rules generally require products labelled as “Whiskey” to be stored (aged) in oak containers of some kind, whether new, used, charred, or uncharred. There is one exception to this rule where one type of Whiskey in particular is not required to be aged at all. Which is it?
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Bourbon, or Whiskey more specifically, played a significant role in the United States’ history for a variety of reasons. One in particular has to do with taxes. Which of the following statements is accurate?
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A particular product labelled as “Blended Bourbon Whiskey” contains a mixture of 20% 4 year old Straight Bourbon, 50% 6 year old Straight Bourbon, and 30% neutral spirits. Is this legal?
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BONUS! Which one of the Breaking Bourbon guys used to live in Kentucky?
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