Bottled in Bond: What Does it Mean?

The term “Bottled In Bond” is used regularly as a selling point to persuade me to purchase various bourbons, whiskeys and ryes for Lees Wine and Spirits.  This term adds value and appeal to these products and a stamp of authenticity of sorts.  But do you know what Bottled In Bond really means as it pertains to what’s in your snifter?  Bernie Lubbers at explains:


Bottled In Bond must be composed of the same kind of spirits produced from the same class of materials. So you can’t mingle corn whisky with bourbon whisky for example. It must be produced in the same distilling season by the same distiller at the same distillery and the real name of the distillery must be listed as well as their Distilled Spirits Premises number (or DSP) must be displayed as well as the plant it was bottled. (example DSP KY-1 is the Heaven Hill Distillery Distilled Spirits Premises Number and DSP KY-31 is their bottling facility). The whiskey must be stored for at least 4 years in types of containers defined by their category, and reduced in proof by the addition of pure water to exactly 100 proof.

So as you can see, American bourbon, rye, wheat, rye malt whiskies are the most restricted whiskies in the world, and Bottled in Bond Straight Whiskies are the most restricted of the most restricted whiskies in the world!

Say that again to yourself out loud. “Bottled in Bond whiskies are the most restricted, of the most restricted whiskies in the world”.   That is why I personally strive to own and enjoy every last one of them I can get my hands and lips on, and spread the word on Bottled in Bond. (see more articles on on Bonded/Bottled In Bond).

And now too you should be confident that you know the difference too between whiskey, and bourbon.

Thanks for reading!


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