Bourbon Beyond Corn

One grain dominates the great American Whiskey, but others give it character and complexity

Bourbon Beyond Corn
These bourbons get their distinctive characteristics from the percentage of rye or wheat in their mashbills. (Jeff Harris)
From the Nov 30, 2020, issue

It’s well-known that Bourbon comes from corn—but there’s a bit more to it. While federal law requires this American-made whiskey to include at least 51 percent corn, the remaining 49 percent is up to distillers to decide. Whisky Advocate executive editor Jeffery Lindenmuth reviews over a dozen Bourbons and writes about the myriad of decisions that lead to their final flavor signature. Find out which grains make it into each mix!

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