What does Bottled in Bond mean?


Scroll to see what we think.

scroll


A short history of great whiskey

Some of The Establishment's Bottled in Bond whiskeys.

You may be familiar with this distinction, seeing it on spirits labels in the liquor stores or on cocktail menus around your town or city. But what does it mean? And what does it say about the product inside?

In the late 1800's, the question of where one's booze originated either wasn't important or folks just didn't give much thought to it. Or if their whiskey was even whiskey at all. Generally, alcohol was bought by wholesalers in barrels rather than bottles making it all too easy to tweak or mask the product with additives and artificial flavorings to stretch the product for more profit, frequently using questionable ingredients to do so.

A traditional whiskey distiller from Kentucky, for example, could be easily undercut by another distillery using a neutral spirit like vodka which is much less expensive and requires much less skill to make and add to their vodka such ingredients as caramel coloring, wood chips and even formaldehyde to alter it enough to pawn it off as something that vaguely resembled a traditionally made whiskey.

After experiencing this con for some time, whiskey distillers and consumers alike got fed up. With the help of the federal government, they set up a standardized designation known as the Bottled In Bond Act. This was one of first examples of a consumer protection law in the US.

The Bottled in Bond or "BIB" designation is one that holds a spirit to a fairly high standard. The Bottled in Bond or Bonded spirits standards are as follows:

  1. Must be aged for a minimum of four years.
  2. Must be bottled at precisely 100 proof (50% ABV).
  3. Must be made by a single distiller.
  4. Must be made at one distillery.
  5. Must be aged in a bonded warehouse.
  6. Must only use spirit distilled in a single distilling season. Either spring or fall. Spring is defined as January to June; fall as July to December.

Because of these standards, what you get is essentially a "craft" spirit. A unique expression of that distillery's terroir/climate/water etc.

As a bartender and cocktail creator, using a BIB spirit will ensure you of a couple of things. Because of the four-year aging minimum and a 50% ABV, you know your spirit is going to have a strong flavor profile and alcohol content to give it the backbone to stand up to all other ingredients. Especially for more savory or less sweet style cocktails.

The takeaway for me in understanding more about BIB spirits is that a BIB designation of a spirit does not necessarily guarantee a higher quality. That is still a very subjective realm. But it does speak to the authenticity of the product. It's the truest expression of that distiller's "art" in their craft. And that speaks volumes to me.

Come sit down at the bar at The Establishment and let's explore some of these BIB whiskeys. We have several on the menu, and now that they have grabbed our attention, you can rest assured you will see many more offerings a little sooner than later.

Cheers to all!

Ryan Wise
Bar Manager
The Establishment




The Latest Dish


Viva Tequila | A Tequila-inspired tasting dinner. Executive Chef Elliott Howells has meticulously crafted a 5-course tasting menu that celebrates the vibrant culinary spirit of Mexico, paired with 6 small batch, high-quality, artisanal crafted Blanco Tequilas to complement and accentuate the flavors of each dish.

Featuring premium and vintage tequilas, this curated experience will include hors d'oeuvres and welcome cocktails, an intermezzo, and a special tequila sendoff–taking you on a gastronomic journey through Mexico. 

TICKETS are $140 and include all food, beverages, taxes, and gratuity. Tickets are available on Open Table Experience 🔗 in BIO

This special event is limited to 60 seats.
Viva Tequila | A Tequila-inspired tasting dinner. Executive Chef Elliott Howells has meticulously crafted a 5-course tasting menu that celebrates the vibrant culinary spirit of Mexico, paired with 6 small batch, high-quality, artisanal crafted Blanco Tequilas to complement and accentuate the flavors of each dish. Featuring premium and vintage tequilas, this curated experience will include hors d'oeuvres and welcome cocktails, an intermezzo, and a special tequila sendoff–taking you on a gastronomic journey through Mexico. TICKETS are $140 and include all food, beverages, taxes, and gratuity. Tickets are available on Open Table Experience 🔗 in BIO This special event is limited to 60 seats.
Thank you @stef_barna for selecting The Establishment as one of the 12 most drop-dead gorgeous restaurants in Charleston featured on @opentable. 

#charlestonrestaurants #charleston #chseats #charlestonfood #sustainableseafood
Thank you @stef_barna for selecting The Establishment as one of the 12 most drop-dead gorgeous restaurants in Charleston featured on @opentable. #charlestonrestaurants #charleston #chseats #charlestonfood #sustainableseafood
The Perfect Summer Dinner 🦪 {June Edition}

OYSTERS • diced plumcot, lime, lavender, honey 

SPAGHETTI • burrata, soppressata crumb, ramp butter

LOCAL GREENS • marinated watermelon, feta, spiced pistachio 

#localproduce #charlestonrestaurants #chseats #charleston #chs #chsfood #broadstreet #chslocal #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #finediningcharleston #sustainableseafood #localoysters #localgreens #farmtotable
The Perfect Summer Dinner 🦪 {June Edition} OYSTERS • diced plumcot, lime, lavender, honey SPAGHETTI • burrata, soppressata crumb, ramp butter LOCAL GREENS • marinated watermelon, feta, spiced pistachio #localproduce #charlestonrestaurants #chseats #charleston #chs #chsfood #broadstreet #chslocal #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #finediningcharleston #sustainableseafood #localoysters #localgreens #farmtotable
Take your pick, you can’t go wrong. At The Establishment, each of our dining areas have their own setting and unique experience. Whether you’re celebrating with friends, indulging in a romantic evening, or treating yourself (because you deserve it), our team will select the best seat in the house to match your vibe. 

#charleston #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #chseats #chaeatslocal #explorecharleston #chs #broadstreet #chslocal #chslove #charlestonrestaurants
Take your pick, you can’t go wrong. At The Establishment, each of our dining areas have their own setting and unique experience. Whether you’re celebrating with friends, indulging in a romantic evening, or treating yourself (because you deserve it), our team will select the best seat in the house to match your vibe. #charleston #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #chseats #chaeatslocal #explorecharleston #chs #broadstreet #chslocal #chslove #charlestonrestaurants
{South Carolina Peaches} BBQ, chow chow, and sharp Gouda complete this salty sweet dish overflowing with delicious juicy flavor. 

Join us this week for to try this dish while SC peaches are in season! 🍑

#eatlocal #localpeaches #peachseason #scpeaches #certifiedsc #chseats #charlestonrestaurants #broadstreet #charleston #chs #chstoday #lowcountrylocal
{South Carolina Peaches} BBQ, chow chow, and sharp Gouda complete this salty sweet dish overflowing with delicious juicy flavor. Join us this week for to try this dish while SC peaches are in season! 🍑 #eatlocal #localpeaches #peachseason #scpeaches #certifiedsc #chseats #charlestonrestaurants #broadstreet #charleston #chs #chstoday #lowcountrylocal
BOURBON FLIGHTS > Beer Flights 🥃 Sip on our new flight featuring @angelsenvy artisan Kentucky Bourbon and Rye whiskies. 

The legacy of Angel's Envy is built on their pioneering 'secondary finishing' technique where the whiskey is first matured in charred oak barrels and then transferred to a finishing cask that adds refined complexity and interesting flavor profiles.

#bourbon #angelsenvy #chsdrinks #bourbonflight #ryewhiskey #chseats #charlestonrestaurants #chslocal #charlestonfoodie
BOURBON FLIGHTS > Beer Flights 🥃 Sip on our new flight featuring @angelsenvy artisan Kentucky Bourbon and Rye whiskies. The legacy of Angel's Envy is built on their pioneering 'secondary finishing' technique where the whiskey is first matured in charred oak barrels and then transferred to a finishing cask that adds refined complexity and interesting flavor profiles. #bourbon #angelsenvy #chsdrinks #bourbonflight #ryewhiskey #chseats #charlestonrestaurants #chslocal #charlestonfoodie
POV: your table tonight at The Establishment. Each of our dishes celebrates the local bounty of the sea and fresh Lowcountry produce.

#chs #sustainableseafood #chseats #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #charlestonrestaurants #charlestonsc #charlestonseafood #localproduce #chslocal #eatlocal #drinklocal #springsummer
POV: your table tonight at The Establishment. Each of our dishes celebrates the local bounty of the sea and fresh Lowcountry produce. #chs #sustainableseafood #chseats #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #charlestonrestaurants #charlestonsc #charlestonseafood #localproduce #chslocal #eatlocal #drinklocal #springsummer
Pop a bottle (or two) with us for National Wine Day this Saturday! 

#chsdrinks #charlestonrestaurants #charleston #wine #nationalwineday #charlestonsc #chs #chseats #chseatslocal #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #winebar
Pop a bottle (or two) with us for National Wine Day this Saturday! #chsdrinks #charlestonrestaurants #charleston #wine #nationalwineday #charlestonsc #chs #chseats #chseatslocal #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #winebar
Indulge in flavors that make life delicious 🖤 Join us for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. 

#broadstreet #chs #charleston #chseats #charlestonrestaurants #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #charlestonvacay #explorecharleston #broadstreet
Indulge in flavors that make life delicious 🖤 Join us for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. #broadstreet #chs #charleston #chseats #charlestonrestaurants #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #charlestonvacay #explorecharleston #broadstreet
We carry some of the most unique wines in Charleston, earning an award from @wine_spectator 🍷 Come try some of our incredible vintages from around the world, hand selected by our General Manager, Brian Jarusik.

#wine #winecellar #winewinewine #charlestonwinebar #chsdrinks #charlestonrestaurants #chaeats #broadstreet #chs #charlestonfoodie #charlestonfood #winelover #winespectator
We carry some of the most unique wines in Charleston, earning an award from @wine_spectator 🍷 Come try some of our incredible vintages from around the world, hand selected by our General Manager, Brian Jarusik. #wine #winecellar #winewinewine #charlestonwinebar #chsdrinks #charlestonrestaurants #chaeats #broadstreet #chs #charlestonfoodie #charlestonfood #winelover #winespectator
We’re vibing with the new Spring menu. Come have a bite with us at 28 Broad.

#charleston #chs #chaeats #chsdrinks #eatlocal #localcharleston #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #broadstreet #springproduce #sustainableseafood
We’re vibing with the new Spring menu. Come have a bite with us at 28 Broad. #charleston #chs #chaeats #chsdrinks #eatlocal #localcharleston #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #broadstreet #springproduce #sustainableseafood
We went a little coconuts over last weekend’s Crudo 🥥yellowfin tuna, avocado, radish, coconut, shaved veggies. 

#sustainableseafood #chseats #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #localseafood #tuna #crudo
We went a little coconuts over last weekend’s Crudo 🥥yellowfin tuna, avocado, radish, coconut, shaved veggies. #sustainableseafood #chseats #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #localseafood #tuna #crudo