Ahhh Bourbon...the perfect combination of sweet nectar and smoothness. If you're a bourbon lover, you know exactly what we mean - there's nothing quite like it!
To celebrate National Bourbon Day, let's look at the history of bourbon and the top 5 best bourbons that will give your taste buds something to cheer about.
From bottled-in-bond classics to modern masterpieces, these selections will surely add some extra excitement to your celebrations.
So grab your glass, it's time for an excursion through bourbon greatness!
When did we start making bourbon in the U.S.?
Bourbon is a type of American whiskey manufactured from a mash predominantly made of corn–at least 51 percent of the mash must be corn for it to be recognized as bourbon. Malted barley, rye, or wheat are common additions to the mash.
According to legend, the date of National Bourbon Day commemorates the first time this famous drink was distilled, which occurred in the late 1700s.
Bourbon was unmistakably born in the United States state of Kentucky in the 1700s, long before it was given its formal name. The name appears to be a homage to the French Bourbon Dynasty, and it may have been named after Bourbon County in Kentucky, which was noted for its corn production.
Some people believe that bourbon must be made in Kentucky. However, this is not the case. To be accorded the unique appellation "Kentucky Bourbon," it must just be distilled and matured in the state.
Despite this, most bourbon is still produced in Kentucky, and locals would argue that it is the best bourbon in the world. Some Kentuckians even argue that the limestone in the spring water from the region gives this bourbon a distinct flavor.
The popularity of bourbon whiskey led to an increase in tourism in Kentucky. Some companies planned to cut the alcohol content of their products to keep up with demand, but customer outrage led them to rethink their decision. Several corporations have reduced their supplies overseas to meet demand in the United States. That means Kentucky is likely still the best spot to get bourbon!
5 Unique Bourbons to Celebrate Bourbon Day
Trying out some classic or new Bourbon cocktail recipes like Bourbon Milk Punch with family and friends is a terrific way to celebrate the day.
Augustus Bulleit's pioneering whiskey from over 150 years ago inspired Bulleit Bourbon.
Due to its high rye content, Bulleit Bourbon has a robust, peppery flavor with a very clean and velvety finish. Medium amber in color, with a bit of spiciness and a lovely oak aroma. A must for National Bourbon Day!
The master Distillers use the famed Wild Turkey high-rye mash bill before aging it in the deepest level #4 "alligator" char American oak barrels to impart extra flavor and to give it that Wild Turkey characteristic kick. Wild Turkey works well on its own or in cocktails like the Manhattan or the Old Fashioned.
It can stand up to any mixer or in any cocktail thanks to its powerful, in-your-face flavor that is definitely Wild Turkey. Less water is added because it is distilled at a lower proof, producing a richer, more robust bourbon flavor.
Kentucky- Basil Hayden's bourbon whiskey is an artfully aged, light, easy-to-sip spirit with a delicious and clean finish. It is a craft bourbon unlike any other.
Four Roses Bourbon dates back to the late 19 century. This is made using a unique blend of ten different recipes, resulting in a complex and balanced taste.
This Yellow Label bottling of Four Roses was released for the European and Japanese markets and is made up of whiskeys aged between 5 and 6 years of age.
Its smoothness and versatility make it a popular choice for both sipping neat and mixing into cocktails.
Merica Bourbon is an excellent choice for National Bourbon Day! Many bourbon lovers appreciate that it uses the finest American Grains available and employs a patented distillation technology designed to deliver the highest quality bourbon.
Merica Bourbon was born to military veterans who wanted to share the great taste of bourbon and freedom.
We wish you a great National Bourbon Day with your beloved ones!