Bourbon whiskey is a type of American whiskey: a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn. The name is ultimately derived from the French Bourbon dynasty, although it is disputed whether the namesake Kentucky county or New Orleans street inspired the whiskey's name. Bourbon has been distilled since the 18th century. The name "Bourbon" was not applied until the 1850s, and the Kentucky etymology was not advanced until the 1870s. While the liquor may be made anywhere in the United States, it is strongly associated with the American South in general, and Kentucky in particular.
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    • Your Holiday Spirits Guide Part Three: Whiskey

      Parts One (vodka, gin, tequila and mezcal) and Two (Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados and rum) can be seen here and here. If I had to gamble, I’d bet on there being more whiskey changing hands this year than any other spirit, perhaps all other spirits combined. It is a vast, evolving, and occasionally overwhelming category that offers a seemingly endless sea of gifting potential.

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    • Our Writers On What They’ll Be Sipping This Thanksgiving

      The staff of Alcohol Professor pick their favorite wine, beer, spirits and cocktails for the holiday Brian Petro: I made a pact with someone not to drink any Christmas beers until Thanksgiving, and Christmas beer season in one of my favorites. Richly flavored winter warmers leave their flavors on your tongue all evening, and you drink them in the company of great people.

      Amanda Schuster/ The Alcohol Professor- 6 readers -
  • 2014: Favorite Spirits & Drink-Related Items

    …. It was seductive on my palate, and the lingering finish left me craving more. A superb sipping whiskey, Favorite Local Rye Whiskey: Made in a small distillery in Belmont, Massachusetts, the Damnation Alley Distillery Rye was an impressive whiskey, made from 72% rye, and the rest barley. The whiskey was aged for less than six months in a small…

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  • VIntage Ad Archive: The Drinks Of Thanksgiving!

    … theme over the course of a decade. United States Brewers Foundation, 1950 A number of breweries also created Thanksgiving-themed campaigns, filling ads with scenes of sumptuous dinners, presenting their beverage as a vital component of holiday gatherings. Not wanting to be left out, Guinness got in on the act too – after all, what pairs better…

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  • Review: Maker’s Mark Cask Strength

    … Hey, remember when Maker’s Mark said it was going to lower its proof from 90 to 84? That didn’t work out, so the company figured why not go the other way, with a limited-availability cask strength expression of the classic Maker’s Mark. Cask strength bourbon is a bit at odds with the company’s avowed mission to market a “soft” whiskey…

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  • Review: Jim Beam Kentucky Fire

    …, that’s the law! — and see how it stacks up. Jim Beam Kentucky Fire is “Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey infused with cinnamon liqueur,” so at least no one’s claiming there are imported cinnamon sticks delicately flavoring Kentucky’s finest. Beam says its focus here is on the bourbon first, with the cinnamon a secondary concern. I’d say Beam’s…

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  • All About Whiskey: From Scotch to Bourbon

    … Whiskey. Whisky. Uisge Beatha. Water of Life. Whiskey is basically a distilled alcohol made from fermented grains, and generally aged in wooden barrrels. It is produced all over the world, from Scotland to Japan, from the U.S. to India, from France to Taiwan. There are a number of different varieties from blended whiskey to single malt, bourbon…

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  • Thirst Boston 2014: America’s Incredible Whiskey Innovators:

    …, they are the same, Is it the manner of adding flavor that matters, and not the fact that flavored is added? Whiskey #3 was from the A. Smith Bowman distillery in Virginia, the Abraham Bowman Gingerbread Beer Finished Bourbon, and it spends about two months in Hardywood Brewery Gingerbread Stout barrels.It didn't taste much like beer to me, bit there…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 3 readers -
  • Drinks on a Plane: Bourbon Saves the Day

    … we give you the "Intercontinental." Intercontinental (measurements approximate, who has a jigger in their carryon?) 1 cup of ice orange juice travel sized Woodford Reserve Small Batch Bourbon ginger ale Fill cup of ice 1/4 full with orange juice, empty entire bottle of bourbon, fill rest of cup with ginger ale. Stir and enjoy. Have an impromptu cocktail recipe? Share it with us. …

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  • Tasting Report: WhiskyFest San Francisco 2014

    … bomb character, like an out of whack Manhattan; it’s just too much / B Japan Hakushu 18 Years Old – a well rounded Japanese malt, coffee and chocolate notes on the back end / B+ Hibiki 21 Years Old – gorgeous, sweet and touched with brine / A Irish Green Spot – light as a feather, clean and spicy / A Yellow Spot – a much different animal, 12 years…

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  • Scary Sweet: Your Definitive Halloween Candy and Spirits Pairing Guide

    …. By contrast this new Canadian-made maple whiskey with its substantial maple and rye bourbon notes compliments the multi-flavored bar while the slightly sharp pinch of the rye balances out and partly cuts the caramel in the Milky Way. Candy Corn w/ Pernod Absinthe: The clear leader in terms of Halloween candy (some 20 million pounds of candy corn…

    Michael Cervin/ Boozehoundz- 1 readers -
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