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Move To The Bourbs!

Move To The Bourbs!

Bourbon is an American original—no wonder it has a special day in its honor. In 1964 Congress declared bourbon “American’s Native Spirit”, so for a distilled spirit to be labeled a bourbon, it has to be born in the U.S.A.

Most historians credit whiskey distiller Elijah Craig with creating the current flavor of bourbon. By charring the inside of a whiskey oak barrel to reuse it, he made the sweeter and smokier flavor that is popular today. Here are some bourbon basics:

  • All bourbon is whiskey but not all whiskey is bourbon. At least 51% corn must be used before it’s bourbon.
  • 95% of all bourbon is produced in Kentucky.
  • Nothing can be added to bourbon in the distilling process except water. All the flavor comes from the charred oak barrels in which it ages.
  • During the mandatory minimum two-year aging in the charred barrels, some bourbon is lost to evaporation and is known as “the angels’ share”.
  • The bourbon that seeps into the barrel is  “the devil’s share.”
  • The charred oak barrels can only be used once for bourbon. Afterward, they are used to age Scotch and Irish whiskey, Canadian rye, tequila and even beer.

Whether you’re a bourbon beginner or an accomplished sipper, come in and let a Spec’s expert help you explore our bevy of bodacious bourbons!


Owned and operated by the same Houston family since 1962, Spec’s is a true destination shopping experience. We now operate over 150 stores all over the great state of Texas and offer a large selection of wines, spirits and finer foods.

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