Have you ever heard of straight bourbon whiskey? It might not be what you think.
As you know, bourbon is a whiskey that meets a few (mostly simple) requirements. We explained it all recently in a post you can read here if you don’t remember: http://bourbonandbarns.com/blog/2018/11/7/what-is-bourbon).
Straight bourbon whiskey is simply bourbon that has been aged for at least two years. That’s it! You may have thought “straight” meant that it wasn’t blended with some other whiskey but it actually can be blended with other straight whiskies.
In fact, “straight bourbon whiskey may included mixtures of two or more straight bourbon whiskies provided all of the whiskies are produced in the same state,” according to the federal agency that regulates such things. (The agency is called the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for anyone who was wondering).
So, what is “straight bourbon whiskey”? It’s simply bourbon that has been aged for at least two years. And that’s all there is to it!