A Distillery

160 Years in the Making

Located on it’s original site since 1856, Holladay Distillery still uses many of the original structures. Click on a pin to learn more.

What’s the Difference Between

Bourbon & Whiskey

We could talk for days about what makes a true bourbon, so we’ll stick to the basics. All bourbon is considered whiskey, but not all whiskey makes the cut to be called bourbon. There are four essential characteristics that determine whether a whiskey can rightly be called a bourbon: the mash that is used for distilling, the aging process, the proof, and the location where the product is made. Hover over the barrel tops to learn more about each.

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Mash

The spirit is distilled from a fermented grain mash including wheat, rye, barley, and corn.

A bourbon mash must contain at least 51% corn, which gives the spirit its sweet character.

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Aging

To be labeled as a bourbon, it must be aged a minimum of two years in a new, charred oak barrel.

While whiskeys are also aged in barrels, they do not need to be either new or oak.

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Proof

Bourbon must be distilled to no more than 160 proof and enter the barrel at no more than 125 proof to begin the aging process.

After aging, fresh limestone spring water can be added to bring the bourbon to a desirable proof for bottling.

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Location

While there are several types of fine whiskey made around the globe, true bourbon can only be made in America.

Contrary to popular belief, bourbon can be made anywhere in America – not just Kentucky!

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How is Bourbon Made

Milling

The mix of grains is milled into a coarse powder to be added to the cooker. This mix is made up of rye, barley, wheat, and at least 51% corn, which adds sweetness to the bourbon.

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How is Bourbon Made

Cooking

The milled grains are cooked with fresh limestone spring water, straight from the springs here at Holladay Distillery. The mixture is then cooked for about an hour to create a “sweet mash.”

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How is Bourbon Made

Fermenting

The sweet mash is combined with the sour mash remaining from the previous distillation and is fermented for 3-5 days, allowing the yeast to transform the natural sugars into alcohol

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How is Bourbon Made

Distilling

Once the mixture is fermented, it will enter the top of the still. The mixture will descend while steam rises and creates an alcohol-rich vapor that condenses into a crystal clear liquid called White Dog.

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How is Bourbon Made

Aging

The white dog is then put into new, charred white oak barrels made in Missouri. These barrels infuse the white dog with flavor as it ages, giving us our final bourbon. Depending on where in the warehouse the barrel is stored, the liquid inside can extract different flavors from the barrel.

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How is Bourbon Made

Bottling

Once the bourbon has aged for a minimum of two years, it can then be bottled. Our bourbon will be put into glass bottles. During the bottling process, the only thing that can be added to the bourbon is fresh limestone water. This helps get the bourbon to the desired proof and flavor profile.