All American Bourbon Whiskey

18 May 2018

All American Bourbon Whiskey

Southern Americans drink bourbon the way the French drink wine!
Bourbon is primarily made from corn and aged in charred new white oak barrels. Now, to be called bourbon this sweet spirit must be at least 51% corn, the more corn the sweeter the bourbon with most distillers using 65 to 75 percent corn.

So why is bourbon whiskey called bourbon?
This is unsettled... with historical contenders suggesting it was named after Bourbon Street in New Orleans which was a major port where shipments of Kentucky whiskey sold. The other proposed origin of the name is the geographic area known as Old Bourbon which includes the current Bourbon County in Kentucky where 95 percent of the worlds bourbon is made. Either way for bourbon to be called bourbon it must be made in the U.S.A. as Congress declared bourbon to be "America's Native Spirit" in 1964.

And the flavour? Well this all American whiskey is oh so sweet, often mellow and very VERY drinkable.