Originally posted by robbie carrobie I think he means ABV, alcohol by volume, thus 50 percent proof would be 50 percent alcohol by volume. 100 percent proof would be pure alcohol, if there is such a thing.

"Alcohol proof in the United States is defined as twice the percentage of alcohol by volume. Consequently, 100-proof whiskey contains 50% alcohol by volume; 86-proof whiskey contains 43% alcohol." [wiki].

Originally posted by wolfgang59 Over 10 years since I've had a bourbon.
Rarely touch spirits - occasional rum cocktail. (Mojito or Pina Colada or Cuba Libre)
Mostly wine and beer nowadays.

Bourbon is okay. Specifically, Tennessee whiskey is better.

Canadian whiskey makes me nauseated, and the hangovers are nasty.

And yes, rum is the way to go, it mixes with everything.

Originally posted by FMF "Alcohol proof[b] in the United States is defined as twice the percentage of alcohol by volume. Consequently, 100-proof whiskey contains 50% alcohol by volume; 86-proof whiskey contains 43% alcohol." [wiki].[/b]

In common with other EC countries, on 1st January, 1980, Britain adopted the system of measurement recommended by the International Organisation of Legal Metrology, a body with most major nations among its members. The OIML system measures alcohol strength as a percentage of alcohol by volume at a temperature of 20 °C. It replaced the Sikes system of measuring the proof strength of spirits, which had been used in Britain for over 160 years.

Originally posted by robbie carrobie In common with other EC countries, on 1st January, 1980, Britain adopted the system of measurement recommended by the International Organisation of Legal Metrology, a body with most major nations among its members. The OIML system measures alcohol strength as a percentage of alcohol by volume at a temperature of 20 °C. It replaced the Sikes system of measuring the proof strength of spirits, which had been used in Britain for over 160 years.