15 Very Important Things You Should Know About Bourbon
on 31/01/12 at 4:37 pmSpirits
Southerners drink bourbon like the French drink wine: with pride and abandon. But how much does the average whiskey drinker know about America’s liquid gift to the world? We gave you the rundown on bourbon in our February issue, but here are a few more facts to keep you well-stocked with Kentuckian anecdotes.
You can produce bourbon anywhere in the 50 states, but it must be made from at least 51 percent corn and aged in charred new white oak barrels. In the late 1800s, there were hundreds of distilleries in Kentucky. Now, ten major distilleries produce hundreds of brands.
How George Washington Helped Invent Bourbon
In 1789, frontier farmers violently rebelled against their new American government for trying to tax their whiskey (which they used as currency and bank for surplus crops. They also drank it, obvs). George Washington rode at the head of an army out west to quash the rebellion. He succeeded (as he was wont to do), and some of the disgruntled distillers fled further west, to Kentucky, where they’d go on to invent the bourbon we know and love.