Everything You Need to Know About Bourbon vs Whisky [Infographic]


For those of you sipping your bourbon neat in a velvet smoking jacket, it’s about time we set the record straight. More often than not, even the most avid whisky drinkers make the faux-pas of confusing bourbon and whisky with one another. That being said, WARNING: Hell hath no fury like a whisky snob scorned.

In order to avoid having having your ear lectured off by self-proclaimed whisky connoisseurs, check out this quick guide on “Bourbon vs Whisky.” The infographic below breaks down all the subtleties between the types of whisky, from flavor profiles to distillation differences.

You’ll be enjoying that finest-reserve-limited-edition-quintuple-aged whisky and  waxing poetic in no time.


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By Charisma Madarang

Charisma has an undying love for gritty literature and drinks coffee like water. She also hails from Toronto, Canada and is a die-hard Maple Leafs fan, sigh.

6 replies on “Everything You Need to Know About Bourbon vs Whisky [Infographic]”

The newer rules are retarded. If it isn’t made with limestone river water in ky it’s not bourbon, i dont give a shit what the US gov says. Changing the rules so others can capitalize. Nonsense.

These alleged “newer” rules are the ONLY rules imposed on defining “bourbon”. There has never been a requirement that bourbon be made in Kentucky or with “limestone river water”. Indeed, well water was used even in Kentucky for as long as any river water was, so long as it had the desired characteristics. No rules were ever “changed”. Pretty much any corn whiskey that came down the Ohio River through the Mississippi and ended up in New Orleans was called “bourbon” for quite a while because it was shipped from the “old bourbon country” on the Ohio. However, that could include spirits from Indiana and other areas, as well.

A picture full of words is not worth a thousand words. Charisma, your articles are generally excellent, but you got lazy here. I respectfully submit that you could have improved this by covering the high points of the infographic in text with some comments in your usual style.

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