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Let’s get one thing straight — all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. Bourbon tastes stronger and sweeter than other whiskeys. That’s because it’s distilled from a key ingredient: corn. Bourbon is America’s native spirit, and 95% of it comes from Kentucky.
So yes, bourbon is whiskey — the best kind (at least we think so).
To call your bourbon Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey it must be aged in new, charred oak barrels for at least 2 years and be made in Kentucky.
We use non-acidic, limestone-filtered water straight from the Kentucky River to cook the grains during this stage. The limestone filters out iron, purifying the water for a better flavor. Once the malted barley is added, we introduce our sour mash – a previously fermented mash that still contains live yeast – to start a new fermentation process.
After distillation, the spirit is poured into superior-quality American White Oak barrels with the deepest No. 4 “alligator” char. And we barrel our bourbon at a lower proof, so by the time it’s finished aging we can add less water than other whiskey makers before bottling. That allows Wild Turkey to retain the true, rich flavor and deep auburn color it acquires from the barrel.