I always get these facts wrong, though, and maybe someone else would like to chime in?
The mash bill requirements for bourbon and JD are identical. So in that respect JD is not different from a bourbon. The reason why there is a special category for JD and George Dickel is not that they are made in Tennessee, but that the new make spirit is filtered through charcoal before being casked. This is the 'Lincon County Process'. So essentially, JD and GD are 'bourbons with something extra', which allows them to call themselves 'Tennessee Whisky'.
Hope that's clear!
Whether that filtering process adds "smoothness" or just removes character and flavor is left up to the individual drinker.
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