is the brand name
of a colorless, unflavored, distilled beverage
bottled at two different high strengths: 151-proof
, meaning respectively 75.5% and 95% alcohol by volume
. It is distilled by Luxco
(formerly the David Sherman Company).
Everclear is distilled from corn
(maize) and is nearly identical in taste to fine-grade unflavored vodka, although it contains more alcohol. Both Everclear and fine-grade vodka are very low in congeners
, which are agents that develop during fermentation or are added later and that lend flavor and color to whiskeys and other liquors.
Because of a legal regulatory definition in the United States, only the 190-proof version of Everclear can be designated as a neutral grain spirit
. Other distilled beverages sold in the United States (such as vodka
, and brandy
) are typically bottled at 80- to 120-proof, containing 40% to 60% ABV
. However, some rums
are sold in the United States at 151-proof (Bacardi 151
Since 95.6% alcohol and 4.4% water form an azeotrope
(meaning that simple distillation cannot remove any of the remaining water), 190-proof spirits are the strongest that are available from the distilled beverage industry.