7 Fun Facts About Bourbon

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It doesn’t get much more American than bourbon. Whether you love it or hate it (but who really hates bourbon?), it has become a part of America’s rich history. Here are 7 bourbon facts you can share next time you are having a whiskey amongst friends.

1. Bourbon was born in Kentucky, and the state continues to craft 95% of the world’s supply today. Why? Kentucky’s climate, water, and conditions are ideal for concocting the perfect bourbon.

2. In the year 1964, Congress declared that bourbon is America’s only native spirit. To be classified as bourbon, it needs to be made in the USA, include a minimum of 51% corn, it needs to be aged in new charred oak barrels, distilled to no more than 160 proof, stored at no more than 125 proof, and bottled at no less than 80 proof.

3. Not surprisingly, there are more barrels of bourbon in Kentucky than there are people.

4, During World War II, many Kentucky distilleries were used to produce penicillin. Why? Like bourbon, penicillin is a product of fermentation.

5. It is illegal to add additives or color to bourbon. The only ingredients that are legally allowed to influence this tasty spirit are water, corn, wheat, rye, malt, and the barrel.

6. The origins of the name “bourbon” are up for debate and can lead to some pretty heated discussions. One of the more common theories is that the name comes from a small region called Bourbon County in Kentucky. Others may argue that it comes from Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

7. To be considered a straight bourbon, the bourbon must be aged for at least two years.

 

Find Your New Favorite Cocktail

Now that you have read up on your bourbon facts, go ahead and treat yourself to one of these tasty cocktail recipes. After that, head over to Brooks Grain to read up on your whiskey knowledge.

 

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