This restaurant, Clyde Common, in Portland serves over 80 kinds of whiskeys and bourbons. That's a lot of kinds of whiskey. I had no idea what the difference was between whiskey and bourbon, so I looked it up. For a whiskey to be called a bourbon, it's mash (the grains it is distilled from) must contain 51% corn and be aged in a charred oak barrel (among other requirements). Bourbon is made right here in the USA, many times in Kentucky. So, bottom line, bourbon is a whiskey, but any old whiskey is not bourbon. For another twist, scotch is made mostly from malted barley and is made in Scotland. So, if you order a whiskey in England, you'll get a scotch!
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