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Bourbon whiskey is as American as cheerleaders under the bleachers. Imports like Scotch and Irish whisky get all the press but our own whiskey is as interesting, more diverse, and as American as, well cheerleaders under the bleachers. Perhaps we just take it for granted.

We fail to realize that Bourbon and America grew up together and each became more exciting with time. Like cheerleaders under the bleachers . . . sorry.

There are more Bourbons available today than at any time in history. But, sales have been declining for almost twenty years and only the introduction of super-premium brands have managed to slow the slide.

It takes years to make a good Bourbon, but hopefully time will show that it's a unique American product.
Like . . . well you know.

History

Back in the mid-1700s, most of Kentucky was actually a part of Virginia and a large part of the region was called "Bourbon County", named by French settlers after the royal family.

When Kentucky became a state in 1792, Bourbon County was split up into the 34 counties which exist today. The whiskey acquired the name by being shipped down the Ohio River from the old, large Bourbon County.

While Bourbon must be made from at least 51 percent corn, a higher percentage doesn't necessarily make a better whiskey. A 100 percent corn whiskey just doesn't have the depth and complexity of one made from a blend of corn, rye, and barley. The upper limit for corn seems to be about 70 percent if the distillery wants to make a notable Bourbon.

For bourbon to be called Kentucky Bourbon, it must, of course, be made in Kentucky, but Bourbon can be made anywhere. The rules are that it must be made from at least 51 percent corn, aged in new oak barrels, and matured for at least 1 year. Good luck finding a 1 year old bourbon.

The first to make bourbon may have been Elijah Craig, a Baptist minister, but more likely it was a Welshman named Evan Williams from Louisville (circa 1789).

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