The Chemistry of Whiskey Production


A recent trip along the Bourbon Trail of Kentucky inspired the above summary (which started as rough notes from tours of four distilleries) which compares: (1) Whiskey Production Recipe (2) Whiskey Production Chemistry and (3) Distinguishing characteristics of major whiskey types. More detailed information can be found in the references below.



  1.  The Bourbon Trail Almanac Kentucky Distillers Association., 2015, 1st Ed.
  2. McGee, Harold. 1984. On Food and Cooking. New York, NY. Scribner pp. 272-274,389-400.
  3. Potter, Jeff. 2010. Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food. O’Reilly Media

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