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How Does a Whiskey Get Its Proof?

January 18, 2017

Liquor drinkers throw the word proof around like it’s a badge of honor, not really understanding how that honor was earned. Proof is a big part of a whiskey’s description, letting the drinker know how much alcohol they are about to consume. In the United States, it is required by law for every alcoholic beverage to list its alcohol content by volume. On a whiskey bottle, the proof will be listed right next to that, and reflect exactly two times the alcohol content. This may seem superfluous, but the reasoning is imbedded in the history of spirits. Whiskey “Proof” is Explosive Three centuries ago, the production of whiskey was rudimentary. There were no high tech tools lying around to help...

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