It shouldn’t be too hard to get excited about this: Today is National Bourbon Day. A lot of people confuse bourbon with whiskey. Don’t make that mistake if you’re heading to the LCBO. Just like Scotch, Cognac and some other spirits … to be a legitimate bourbon, it must meet certain standards and be distilled in the United States. To legally be a considered Bourbon, it must be 51 percent corn, stored in new (not aged) charred-oak barrels and distilled no more than 160 proof and barreled at 125 proof. This particular whiskey derives its name from the Kentucky county which was established in 1785 and was a large producer of corn. The corn, once distilled, would be put in barrels and stamped “Old Bourbon” and shipped down the Ohio River. In 1964, a Congressional Resolution designated Bourbon as America’s native spirit. Since then, there is nowhere else in the world that can make a whiskey and call it Bourbon.
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