Bourbon - Bottling

The bourbon distilleries have such a high output that they can all afford their own bottling line. Even small distilleries such as Maker's Mark or Labrot & Graham have their own lines.

The bottling facilities of the Michter's distillery
Michter's - Bottling

First the selected barrels are brought to the bottling line by truck and emptied over filters. The charcoal pieces that broke away from the barrel walls during maturation are held back by the sieve.

Jim Beam - Opening the barrels
Jim Beam - Opening the barrels
Jim Beam - Emptying the barrels
Jim Beam - Emptying the barrels

The Bourbon is pumped into a storage vat and from there fed to the bottling line.

Wild Turkey - Bottling line
Wild Turkey - Bottling line
Brown Forman - packaging
Brown Forman - packaging

American whiskey is bottled in a variety of bottle sizes, shapes and materials. Typical sizes are 0.2 litres (flat bottle), 0.7 litres (Europe), 0.75 litres (US market, Japan), 1.0 litres (duty-free) and 1.89 litres (half gallon). The bottles for mass products are more and more made out of plastic (PET).