When browsing our vast aisles at Lukas Wine & Spirit Superstore, you may run into two similar-looking styles of alcohol — Whiskey and Bourbon. You might be wondering what the differences between these two alcohols are. The first thing to note is that bourbon is a type of whiskey. In essence, all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. In the following read, your local experts in Lone Tree will break down the main differences between whiskey and bourbon so that you can make the best choice for your taste! Visit our store today for the best alcohol variety in Colorado.

What Is Bourbon?

Bourbon is an American-style whiskey distilled from a mash made primarily from corn. Distillers can only label a spirit bourbon when made with at least 51 percent corn and are allowed to age in new charred oak barrels. As bourbon is aged in barrels, the mash must be distilled at 160 proof (80 percent alcohol by volume) or less and aged until it is no more than 125 proof (62.5 percent alcohol per volume). Once filtered and diluted, bourbon must be no less than 80 proof (40 percent alcohol per volume) to meet requirements.

What Is Whiskey?

Whiskey is a spirit distilled from a fermented mix of grains including barley, corn, rye, or wheat. Unlike bourbon which is American-made, whiskey is produced all over the world, most notably in Scotland, Ireland, Japan, and Canada. Whiskey can be aged or unaged but is often better when aged in wooden barrels, which darkens its color and improves the flavor. ABV marks differ depending on the style of whiskey, so it is best to check the bottle to know what you are drinking! 

Main Differences 

The main differences between bourbon and whiskey are the grains used and where the spirit is made. Some other differences include:

  • Bourbon is American-made and must contain at least 51% corn
  • Bourbon must be aged in charred oak barrels
  • Whiskey can be made anywhere in the world
  • Whiskey is made from various grains 

Taste

Bourbon is aged in new, charred oak barrels that give it notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak. Some other ways the taste is often described include baking species, black pepper, cocoa, and fruity. Bourbon tends to be the smoother option, with a softer taste that makes it a great entry-level sipper. Whiskey taste depends on the style, but it tends to have a woody or oaky flavor with added notes of spice, fruit, nuts, vanilla, or caramel. 

Now that you know the difference between bourbon and whiskey, we hope that you are better prepared to make your choice when visiting us at Lukas Wine & Spirit Superstore. As a local Lone Tree liquor store, we have everything you need to succeed! Visit us today. 

Unless you are a whiskey enthusiast, you may not know exactly why most whiskies sit in barrels before being sold. After all, what big of a difference could it make for a whiskey to stay in a barrel instead of being bottled right up? Well, it makes all the difference in the world, as barrels are what often make whiskey, whiskey. Your local Lone Tree experts at Lukas Wine & Spirit Superstore are here to teach you why the whiskey barrel matters, and how it helps make the liquor you love! 

Aging

One of the main reasons whiskey sits in barrels for years is because the aging process provides its wonderful taste. The longer a whiskey sits inside a barrel, the more likely it is to taste great. As the barrel of whiskey ages, the wood allows vapor to pass outside the barrel while integrating oxygen into the aging process. Also, the wood barrels are often charred before use, which leaves a charcoal coating that acts as a filter, removing flavors that are not good on the palette.

Flavor

Wood barrels, which are often toasted and charred, give whiskey many of its well-known flavors. Alcohol content within whiskey acts as a solvent, which breaks down the compounds found in the wood. As this process occurs, the whiskey draws out naturally-occurring vanillins (oils), which alter the flavor profile of the liquor. This is what provides whiskey with its delicious oaky and smoky flavor notes. 

Color

Fun fact, all of a whiskey’s color comes from sitting inside a wooden barrel. As whiskey ages for years on end, it grows into a rich and dark color, which is one of the most notable aspects of this type of liquor. Seasonal changes affect the way whiskey interacts with the barrel, as changing temperatures and pressure moves the whisky in and out of the wood. The more of this that occurs, the darker a whiskey is likely to turn out. 

Factors that Affect the Barrel

There are many factors that affect the way in which a barrel will interact with whiskey, which include

  • The type of wood 
  • The barrel size
  • Toasting and charring 
  • Number of previous uses
  • Storage
  • Weather and temperature

Now that you know a bit more about whiskey, it’s time to give various types a try to find the best option for you! At Lukas Wine & Spirit Superstore, we have all of the whiskies you need for any occasion, whether you are looking for bourbon, Scotch, Japanese whiskey, Irish whiskey, or anything else. Visit us today! 

Raise a Glass to Non-Alcoholic Beverages
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Are you looking for mocktail options for your next shindig, or simply trying to cut back on your alcohol intake? If you’re looking to switch things up and feel better without sacrificing good taste, you’re in luck. At Lukas Liquors, Our selection of non-alcoholic beers and spirits is to be appreciated for their award-winning flavor profiles and unique brewing processes. Whether you’re embracing the health revolution or looking to provide for friends and family members who don’t imbibe, we’ve got something special for you. Visit us today to explore our selection and read on to learn more about this exciting category of beverages and how you can incorporate them into your life.

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The Lowdown on Non-Alcoholic Beverages

We believe that everyone should have access to delicious beverages regardless of whether they consume alcohol or not. And with the rise of people exploring health-conscious alternatives, it’s a great time to be exploring the world of low and non-alcoholic beverages. From hoppy IPAs to refreshing gin alternatives, our selection of NA beers and spirits has something for everyone.

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The Mocktail Revolution

Who says cocktails are just for those who drink alcohol? One of the best things about non-alcoholic spirits is that you can still create delicious mocktails that taste just like their boozy counterparts. Our selection of NA spirits includes options like Seedlip, which is a distilled spirit made with botanicals that gives you the same kick as alcohol without the hangover. Experiment with different flavors and ingredients to create your own signature mocktails.

Ritual zero proof tequila alternative

Non-Alcoholic Beer for the Win

Not a fan of cocktail ingredients? No worries. Our selection of non-alcoholic beers includes options such as Heineken 0.0, Brooklyn Special Effects IPA, and a collection of brews from Partake Brewing. These options offer the complex flavors of craft beer with no alcohol content. Perfect for those looking to reduce their alcohol intake, or for providing for friends and family who prefer to abstain.

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Don’t Sacrifice Taste for Health

One of the biggest complaints about non-alcoholic beverages is that they aren’t as tasty as their boozy counterparts. However, we believe that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for a healthful choice. Our selection of NA beverages includes options that are just as tasty, if not more so. With flavors ranging from citrusy and zesty to hoppy and bold, we’re confident that you’ll find something that you love.

non-alcoholic beers and spirits have taken the beverage world by storm, making it easier than ever to imbibe without the negative side effects. Whether you’re looking to create a unique mocktail, find a refreshing option for a sober evening, or just want to expand your horizons, we’ve got you covered. Come on down to Lukas Liquors in Lone Tree, Colorado to explore our extensive selection, and raise a glass to healthful indulgences! 

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