Join Jersey Wine & Spirits For A Class on American Whiskey with Filibuster

On WEDNESADY, MARCH 8 & THURSDAY, MARCH 9 use the code "TwentyOff" when booking tix to this class on eventbrite and you'll get 20% off!

Whiskey is seeing a resurgence in popularity as people become more familiar with and start understanding it better. If you're ready to take the plunge, you'll want to grab tickets to our American Whiskey class with Filibuster. The class is this Thursday, March 9th, from 7-9 pm at Jersey Wine & Spirits.

What Is American Whiskey?

American whiskey is a distilled spirit made from corn, rye, wheat, or malted barley and called Bourbon when made in the US. It also has the e vs its European counterparts. Like wine, there are laws surrounding what can be called whiskey. It must be 51% corn and aging must take place in new, charred white-oak barrels. The laws governing bourbon (American Whiskey) do not include aging standards except in the case that something is labeled as "straight bourbon". These whiskeys must be aged for at least 2 years. In order to label the bottle for aging it must be labeled as the youngest whiskey in the bottle.

Speaking of "straight bourbon", in order to have this label there can be no additives. No sugar may be added, and no colors or other spirits. Blended bourbon and whiskeys may have these other ingredients but 51% of those bottles must contain straight whiskey. 

Rye whiskey was popular before Prohibition. As the trend of cocktails picks up speed many people are being reintroduced to rye since it is how many original, classic recipes refer to whiskey. Rye whiskey follows the same rules as other whiskeys except that the grain used to make it must be 51% rye instead of corn.

How Do I Know If I Like Whiskey?

If you've been known to enjoy a Manhattan, old-fashioned, Whiskey Sour, or mint julep there's a good chance you like whiskey. These are just some of the cocktails traditionally made with whiskey.