Adam Spiegel
June 22, 2021 | Educational | Adam Spiegel

Why Bottled in Bond?

With the recent release of our Sonoma Bottled in Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey, I wanted to take the time to highlight what makes this bourbon so unique. It is not just the delectable flavor profile of caramel chew on the nose, well balanced wood sugars, and leather on the palate (although it certainly helps!). What truly makes this bourbon so special is its Bottled in Bond designation. Some of you may remember the Bottled in Bond Cherrywood Rye Whiskey that was released earlier this year. So what exactly does Bottled in Bond mean, and why do we use it with these two special releases?

The Bottled in Bond Act was passed in 1897 as a way to ensure the integrity of American Whiskey as it needs to follow very specific guidelines. The whiskey must be:

  • The product of one distillation season (January to June or July to December) 
  • Aged in a federally bonded warehouse for a minimum of four years
  • Bottled at precisely 100 proof (50% ABV)
  • Labelled with the distillery at which it was made and bottled

Want to try Bottled in Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey for yourself? Sonoma Bottled in Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey is available in our Whiskey Shop.

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