Off The Bourbon Trail

Off The Bourbon Trail

Non-Kentucky Bourbon

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Think outside the Bluegrass State
It’s time to wander off the beaten track, beyond the famous Kentucky Bourbon trail and into the craft Whiskey wilderness courtesy of Anytown, USA.
There is a common misconception that Bourbon HAS to be made in Kentucky. Not to take anything away from the Bluegrass state – they DO produce more than 95% of the world’s Bourbon – but they DO NOT possess the exclusive right to make Bourbon, no sir.
Of course, this begs another important question. Can they make GOOD Bourbon outside of Kentucky? You betcha! In fact, we would argue they make AWESOME Bourbon all over the States, and we have proof to back the claim.
Allow yourself the luxury to think outside the box with this…ahem, Tasting Box. Let’s hit the road less traveled!
Bourbon is as American as apple pie. In fact, in 1964, Congress named Bourbon “America’s Native Spirit.” With that fancy title came quite a bit of regulation. An authentic Bourbon must contain at least 51 percent corn, must be aged in new, charred oak barrels, bottled at no more than 40% ABV and made in the good ol’ US of A. Other than that, game on.
That being said, Kentucky should be the starting point for any real Bourbon enthusiast. That’s where the Bourbon culture was created, and most distinguished brands reside. However, since the Spirit can legally be made all over the country, venturing across the Kentucky border is quite a rewarding trip. Any decent appreciation of Bourbon must honor America’s Native Spirit in its territorial entirety, wouldn’t you agree?
Our selection is nothing if not widespread, with Bourbons coming from both coasts and a couple in between. The craft Bourbon movement picked up a head of steam, and we’re trying our best to keep up with all the influx of exciting and innovative expressions. Not that we’re complaining, since a lot of these newcomers are giving the old Kentucky bellwethers a run for their money.
You don’t believe us? It’s time to get out there and test the (fire)water.
Smartass Corner
1) The legislation specifically states that after the charred oak barrels have been used once, they can no longer be used for Bourbon. More often than not they are recycled and used to age Scotch.
2) While on the subject - there are more barrels of Bourbon aging in Kentucky than there are people living in the state. According to the Kentucky Distiller’s Association, “only the Bluegrass state has the perfect mix of climate, conditions and limestone water necessary for producing world’s greatest Bourbon.” We respectfully disagree.
3) Hudson Baby Bourbon proves that not all good Bourbon comes from the South. It’s also the first legal aged Whiskey produced in New York since Prohibition made from 100% corn. Yes, 100% corn. When you factor in the recipe, the unique maturation and the use of small barrels, it’s hard to argue that this isn’t one of the most unique and interesting Bourbons out there.
4) Did you know that 10% of the profits from the sale of each bottle of High West American Praire are donated to the American Prairie Foundation? A delicious blend of straight Bourbons that supports a great cause? What’s not to like? Too many questions?
5) As much as we love the modern craft movement, many “artisan” brands are actually hiding a dirty little secret. Chances are your favorite “unique small batch handcrafted Whiskey” is actually sourced from a big factory distillery in Indiana called MGP.
6) Well, you get none of the aforementioned trickery with Dry Fly Distilling. They control every aspect of the process; from sourcing, local ingredients, to hand making everything else in their shop. Not bad for a couple of corporate marketing refugees who combined forces to become the first licensed distillery in Washington since Prohibition. 
7) The common belief is Bourbon gets its name from Bourbon County, Kentucky, but some historians believe that it actually gets its name from Bourbon Street in New Orleans, where Whiskey was shipped down the Mississippi for trade. Better not get into an argument with a Kentuckian about this though.

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Bourbon must be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.

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Member Reviews and Ratings of Off The Bourbon Trail
Didn’t do much for me, pretty avarage and not very memorable. Was not a great fit for Old fashioned either.
Interesting mix of styles and tastes, but didn’t find anything I want to buy a bottle of.
Hudson and High West was too flowery for me. Dry Fly was the best but average at best. Probably just me!
Hudson was a favorite, starting off sweet and ending warmly as it went down. High West was disappointing because it the most bland and ended with a burn. Dry Fly was complex and most likely enjoyed by a more seasoned Bourbon crowd. The trio offered a nice sample that has allowed this newbie to better know with what to stock my bar.
Hudson was by a good margin my favorite out of the 3. Still only maybe on par with Makers Mark.
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