Like any alcoholic beverage, bourbon has its own lexicon. Some of these terms date only from the appearance in recent years of specialty bourbons.
SMALL BATCH A ''mingling'' from several barrels, each selected for the unique properties that it will provide.
SINGLE BARREL Whiskey taken from one barrel, chosen for its superior characteristics.
WHEATED A bourbon that uses wheat—instead of rye—as a flavor grain in the mash.
UNFILTERED Bottled straight from the barrel, this whiskey contains all the elements that give the spirit its flavor and unique character. (Unfiltered whiskey may cloud over ice: This is called a chill haze.)
BARREL PROOF Whiskey that has not been diluted with water to reduce the proof.
BOTTLED IN BOND North American whiskey (mostly bourbon) that is bottled at four years of age and at a minimum of 100 proof.