Star Spangled Bourbon

Star Spangled Bourbon

Kentucky finest

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We're Tawkin' southern, yeehaw sonny boy, while sipping finest Kentuckiest Bourbons. 

Now, sing it Mr. Jimmy The Doors: 
"Well, show me the way 
To the next Whiskey bar 
Oh, don't ask why 
Oh, don't ask why..."  

Shouldn't it be called the 'Kentucky Song' then? Well, you know, it’s a cool song and… Anyway, besides horses, Kentucky is famous for its Bourbon Whiskey. Right, all Bourbons are Whiskey, but not all Whiskey is Bourbon (check out the SmartAss corner for details). 

The name derives from its historical association with an area today called Bourbon County, Kentucky. Bourbon has been produced since the 18th century and while it may be made anywhere in the United States, it is strongly associated with the American South in general, Kentucky in particular. 

Bourbon is a type of American Whiskey made primarily from corn, so it's sweeter than other Whiskeys. If you want to get lucky in Kentucky, don't judge Bourbon through the eyes of Scotch Whisky, for it is quite a different beast. Some might say Bourbons don’t seem to react particularly well to water. And it also seems that the proper dram for these fine high alcohol content Whiskeys would be no more than 15ml. And this is exactly what we provided. 

Trivia & SmartAss Corner: 

1) So why is ‘Bourbon’ not just a ‘Whiskey’? The Bourbon industry strict set of rules refer to manufacturing method rather than location. Most important rules: 
 - It must be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn
 - It must be distilled to no more than 80% alc. and entered into the barrel for aging at no more than 62.5% alc.
 - It must be matured in new and charred oak barrels.
 - It must be matured if only briefly. If a bottle does not bear an age it is at least 4 years old. If it has been aged for a minimum of 2 years and does not have added coloring, flavoring or other spirits, it may be called straight Bourbon.
 - Bourbon that has an age stated on its label must be labeled with the age of the youngest Whiskey in the bottle.
 - It must be bottled at 40% alc. or more. 

2) The temperatures of the American warehouses are much higher, so the pace of maturation is much quicker for Bourbons than for Scotch Whiskies. 

3) Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins. 

4) Kentucky Derby means Horses, Hats & Mint Juleps. Mint Julep is the classic Kentucky Derby drink, you can drink while others are singing ‘My old Kentucky home’. It is traditionally made with four ingredients: mint leaf (spearmint if available), bourbon, sugar, and water. 

5) It is presidential. Bourbon was designated "The Official Spirit of America" by an Act of Congress signed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson

6) Kentucky is big in Japan. Eating KFC for Christmas dinner is a tradition in Japan. Unbelievable. 

7) Mark Twain: ‘Too much of anything is bad, but too much good Whiskey is barely enough’. 

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Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.

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