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The Reason Why Kentucky Is The Home Of Bourbon

If you're an expert in the Bourbon world, this will come off to you as obvious information, but if you're an amateur, this is targeted directly at you. The world of Bourbon has never-ending information floating around about it and it would take over a decade of studying to feel somewhat educated about it, in my opinion. At the end of the day, the key information that you have to know is, Kentucky is the Bourbon capitol of the world.


Why is Kentucky the most successful place on the entire earth to produce what they call, "Liquid Gold?" Three main components: limestone, vastly different weather seasons, and fertile soil. The limestone, which is endless across the Commonwealth, filters out hard iron and imparts the sweet-tasting calcium and magnesium. The polarizing weather, differing between extremely cold winters and really hot summers helps absorb and release the whiskey through the oak barrels, which is viable during its aging. Lastly, the farming land to grow corn is the idea soil for the need.


These three components can be found in other places, but the consistency of all three across there world isn't more reliable than what's found in Kentucky. While there's no law mandating that bourbon be distilled in Kentucky only, 95 percent of the world’s bourbon whiskey is made here, according to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.


Surprisingly, there are actually 'Bourbon Rules' that you must follow if you've ever considered making it yourself:


  1. Bourbon must be made in the United States (to be considered real Bourbon).

  2. It must be aged in a charred, new-oak barrel.

  3. The mash must be at least 51% corn.

  4. Whiskey cannot enter the barrel at higher than 125 proof.

  5. Distilleries cannot add anything except water. They can add water only to lessen the proof when necessary.

A lot of people don't know that, but, now you do.


This was just a quick rundown for amateurs that I'll be posting every Wednesday for our newly founded "Whiskey Wednesday" feature on the site. It'll be an easy read every Wednesday for those who would like to learn more about Kentucky's "liquid gold" at a beginners level.


We will also have a new contributor to bring in the more detailed posts in the coming weeks who currently helps in marketing at a close by Distillery. Stay tuned.


See you next week.

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