Ah, Bourbon. The ‘Native Spirit’ of America. Rather Bad Ass, don’t ya think? I really don’t think there is anything better at the end of the day than a glass of good bourbon. Bourbon Heritage Month came into being in 2007 by a Kentucky Senator (Kentucky is known as Bourbon Country, fyi) ‚ and celebrates the “family heritage, tradition and deep-rooted legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to the United States.” Celebrating responsibly and in moderation, of course.
Here’s the thing about me, I love bourbon, don’t care for whiskey. Which is really strange because all bourbons are considered whiskeys, but not all whiskeys are considered bourbons. But I swear, I can taste the difference. So what’s the difference between bourbon and whiskey? Short explanation is how it’s aged. Whiskey can be aged in re-used barrels, but bourbon must be aged in NEW charred AMERICAN white oak barrels. ‘Murica! After the barrels have been used once, many other spirits (like tequila, scotch, etc) are aged in them to help impart the bourbon flavor to those spirits. Hey, why waste a barrel, am I right?
Also, here’s a pretty cool infograph about bourbon. I LOVE INFOGRAPHS! Especially ones about alcohol!
So, this month, get out there and celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month by gettin’ yer bourbon on! I raise my glass to you!