Welcome to my “Bourbon school” !

At the time of writing, I have planned 23 “lessons” – but there may be more in the future. Of the planned lessons, nine are now available via the links below. The remaining lessons will be available soon.

If you have ANY comments, corrections, or suggestions, please contact me on mail via henrik@thebourbonnerd.com or send me a message on Instagram, via my profile @the_bourbon_nerd.

Each lesson takes 10-15 minutes to complete and no prior knowledge about Bourbon, Rye or other whiskey types are required. The lessons are free and will always remain so. I only do this to spread to good word about American whiskey.

This is what the lessons will cover:

Lesson 01: “What is Bourbon?

As the name indicates, this is where it all starts, and I cover the legal definition of Bourbon as well as another couple of tidbits.


Lesson 02: “Where does the name Bourbon come from??

The origin of the name is still in dispute – and I go over the two main theories in this lesson.


Lesson 03: “What other American whiskey types are there, besides Bourbon?

Here I will be going through Rye whiskey, Corn whiskey, Wheat whiskey, Malt whiskey, Whiskey “specialties” – as well as listing the remaining types (35 in total!)


Lesson 04: “Which grains can be used for making whiskey in the US?

Here it gets a little nerdy, as I go over topics like cereal grain, pseudocereals and legumes. If you wonder of you can make whiskey from rice or soybeans – this is the lesson for you.


Lesson 05: “What is the difference between PROOF and ABV?

The explanation can by found in the first sentence of the lesson, but I take the nerdy approach and give you the detailed insight.


Lesson 06: “How do you make whiskey?

As the name indicates, the lesson provides a (basic) introduction to the process of making whiskey.


Lesson 07: “How do you age whiskey?

Also, as the name indicates, this lesson covers the process of ageing whiskey.


Lesson 08: “What types of wood can be used for ageing whiskey?

Here you will learn which types of wood has been approved for whiskey ageing and if it is allowed not to use wood.


Lesson 09: “What does NON-CHILL FILTERED mean?

This is the first of several lessons where I dive a little deeper into a technical term that you will be exposed to, as a consumer.


Lesson 10: “What is ANGEL’S SHARE and DEVIL’S CUT?

Again, these are two technical terms that are very useful to know – and these even have funny names.


Lesson 11: “Why does the alcohol content increase when whiskey ages?

Somewhat surprising, the alcohol content will often increase over time in the barrels. This lesson explains why.


Lesson 12: “What is the difference between barrel CHARRING and barrel TOASTING?

Sounds like a small insignificant technical detail, right? It is not – and you will learn why.


Lesson 13: “What does the term BARREL ENTRY PROOF mean?

This may be the nerdiest of all the lessons – but you will quickly understand why I’m so passionate about this topic.


Lesson 14: “What is MALTING and what is MALTED BARLEY?

You have most likely heard the term – and here I will give you the details.


Lesson 15: “Why does Bourbon and Scotch taste so different?

The production method and the ingredients are so similar – yet the taste is so different. I will explain why.


Lesson 16: “What does BOTTLED-IN-BOND mean?

One more – but very important – technical term that you should know about.


Lesson 17: “Why is almost all Bourbon made in Kentucky?

95% of all Bourbon is made in the Blue Grass State – even though it can be legally made everywhere in the US. I will provide some background to this curiosity.


Lesson 18: “Why is Jack Daniel’s not a Bourbon?

If you did not know, one of the big industry disputes is whether JD is a Bourbon or not. I will explain what the fuss is all about.


Lesson 19: “Why do people prefer limestone water for making whiskey?

In this lesson I will tell you why limestone water has so amazing properties.


Lesson 20: “What does the term STRAIGHT refer to, on the label?

This word has a very special meaning on a whiskey label. I will explain why.


Lesson 21: “What are the ageing requirements for American whiskey?

Here you will learn about the requirements – and you may be in for a surprise.


Lesson 22: “What is the best way to store my bottles?

A lesson with tips and tricks for storing your bottles correctly.


Lesson 23: “What does it mean when a whiskey has been FINISHED in another barrel?

The “finishing” concept is something that has been used in Scotland and other countries for a very long time – but it is a fairly recent addition to the American whiskey scene. In this lesson you will learn what it is all about.


Hope you will enjoy these lessons – and please send feedback to henrik@thebourbonnerd.com. Thanks!