Bourbon whiskey and Vodka
Distillery in the USA
Bourbon whiskey is a barrel-aged and distilled American liquor, made from fermented grains like
corn, rye, and barley. Bourbon has been generally associated with the southern region of the
United States of America and, in particular, the state of Kentucky. Other than whiskey, vodka is also
popular in the USA. In the local vodka distilleries, flavored vodkas are becoming increasingly
popular in addition to pure vodka. These are made by infusing pure vodka with flavors of fruits and
spices. One unique feature of vodka is that it can be shipped to the market without any maturation.
For bourbon whiskey, the grain mixture from which it is distilled, known as the mash, must have a
minimum of fifty-one percent corn. The remainder of the components can be barley, wheat, or rye.
The bourbon whiskey undergoes distillation twice—first in a beer still and the second in a heated
copper pot still. There is no minimum specified duration for the aging period of Bourbon. The
exception to this is straight bourbon, which will have a minimum aging requirement of about two
years. In addition, any bourbon that is aged less than four years has to include an age statement
on the label. Bourbon that has the label "blended" (or it is being sold as a blend) can consist of
added coloring, flavoring, as well as other spirits. It should, however, have a minimum of 51
percent of straight bourbon in the product. Bourbon can be served neat, or diluted with water, with
ice or cola, or with other beverages in cocktails and mixed drinks. Bourbon is also used in cooking
and has been used for medicinal purposes in the past.
In the local vodka distillery in the USA, vodka is made from grain, most commonly rye, which is
combined with water and then heated. Yeast is added to this pulp, which begins the process of
fermentation and conversion of sugars into alcohol. The distillation process starts, and then the
vodka is examined to check the desired alcohol content. If the