View Full Version : Quality and 'Bottled-in-Bond' Whiskeys.

Jim B.
01-29-2014, 07:04 AM
I guess am what you could call an amateur connoisseur of liquors in general, and whiskeys specifically. And for a while now, I have been drawn to liquors that are "bottled-in-bond". I know that means they have to pass certain criteria when they made.

Then about 10 years ago, or so, I was drinking a bottled-in-bond bourbon. It was actually rather inexpensive, which I also liked. And I at least thought it tasted pretty good. Then I held it up to the light. I could be wrong. But I could have sworn that it was unusually reddish--like it had been infused with artificial coloring or something! Is that possible?

I know "bottled-in-bond" is not an absolute indicator of quality. But surely it is better than other non-BIB whiskeys. Am I wrong? And, back to my experience: Could they have really added artificial red coloring to it?


01-29-2014, 07:08 AM
No artificial coloring. All BiB really means is that the whiskey has been bottled at 100 proof and has been held in a government warehouse for a period of time. It says nothing about the quality of the liquor.

To be labeled as Bottled-in-Bond or Bonded, the liquor must be the product of one distillation season (January to December) and one distiller at one distillery. It must have been aged in a federally bonded warehouse under U.S. government supervision for at least four years and bottled at 100 (U.S.) proof (50% alcohol by volume). The bottled product's label must identify the distillery where it was distilled and, if different, where it was bottled.[2] Only spirits produced in the United States may be designated as bonded.

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