#### June 13, 2024 By Noah Kurz

##### proof

# What does proof mean?

Proof is one of those whiskey terms that a lot of people have heard and even use; however, most don't know what it exactly means. Part of this reason is *proof* is really only an Americanized term, and the other part is that people know, generally speaking, that it has to do with how *strong* the drink is, and to be completely honest that is essentially what it means. Proof is a calculation based on how much alcohol is in the bottle. So if the whiskey is 50% alcohol then the proof of that particular bottle would be 100 proof. If a bottle were 60% alcohol it would be 120 proof, and so on.

The minimum proof to be considered a bourbon is 80; however, many bourbons have a much higher alcohol content than that (120 proof +). Typically when people first start to get into bourbons they begin with lower-proof pours but as time goes on they start to like the more complex flavors that come with a higher-proof bourbon.

If you try some new bourbons at different proof levels than you are used to, let us know what you think about them on the app NEAT: Whiskey Finder!