Bourbon

Bourbon is an American-made whiskey, a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn since the 18th century.

The word "bourbon" wasn't derived from Bourbon County, Kentucky, as many believe. It more likely came from Bourbon Street in New Orleans where some of the earliest Kentucky whiskeys in charred barrels were popular in the 19th century, according to historian Michael R. Veach, author of
Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. Customers starting asking barkeeps for ‘that whiskey they sell on Bourbon Street’ or ‘that bourbon whiskey’ and the name stuck.

Bourbon Street, in turn, was named after the French royal family.

The first legal definition of bourbon was signed by President William Howard Taft on Dec. 27, 1909.

While bourbon may be made anywhere in the United States, it is strongly associated with the American South in general, Kentucky in particular.




Bourbon
Native to Kentucky, but legally distilled anywhere in America, bourbon is a straight whiskey made from at least 51% corn grain mash and aged in new, charred oak barrels.

By law, bourbon must be produced in the United States, distilled at less than 160 proof, made without additives, and aged in new, charred white oak barrels. A minimum of two years’ aging is required to call the liquor “straight bourbon.”

Rye Whiskey
An American icon once distilled by George Washington, whiskeys made from rye are less common than bourbons but distinctively robust and cherished by experienced drinkers.

Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey
Similar to bourbon, these whiskeys are filtered through maple charcoal chunks in a process that gives them a smoky flavor of cigarette ashes or chimney soot.

Baking with Bourbon

We bake with booze because alcohol - from spirits, such as bourbon and rum, to liqueurs, like Amaretto and creme de menthe, to wine and beer - imparts a subtle, sumptuous warmth that deepens the flavours of desserts and makes them taste even more decadent, luxurious and sinful.

Recipes

Boilermaker
Shot glass of whiskey.
Chilled 3/4 glass of beer.
Drink shot and chase with beer, or drop shot into beer and drink.

The Hartley Dodge Cocktail
in Apothecary Cocktails
The Hartley Dodge Cocktail






Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide
This guide profiles five major distillery locations in the Bluegrass State - Louisville, Frankfort and Midway, Lexington, Lawrenceburg, and Bardstown - from which the bulk and arguably the best of Kentucky's bourbon is produced.

The directory of restaurants, inns, historic sites and attractions is preceeded by a primer on how bourbon is made and enjoyed.

Continued in Outgoing: Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Balls
Woodford Reserve Bourbon Balls
1937 Display Ad for Kentucky Tavern Straight Bourbon
1937 Display Ad for Kentucky Tavern Straight Bourbon
Kentucky Bourbon Country
Kentucky Bourbon Country




Bourbon
Rye Whiskey
Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey
Baking with Bourbon
Recipes
Kentucky Bourbon Country

The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook
The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook
by Albert W. A. Schmid

Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

Drink More Whiskey
Drink More Whiskey
Everything You Need to Know About Your New Favorite Drink
by Daniel Yaffe


In Good Spirits
A man drinks a shot of whiskey every night before bed, but wife wants him to quit. She gets two shot glasses, filling one with water and the other with whiskey. After handing them to him, she pulls a worm from his bait box and says "I want you to see this. " She puts a worm in the water it, and it swims around. She puts a worm in the whiskey, and the worm dies immediately. "What do you have to say now?" He responds: "If I drink whiskey, I won't get worms!"





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