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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    • Tasting Report: WhiskyFest San Francisco 2014

      Another WhiskyFest has come and gone, filling the masses with a smorgasbord of Scotch, Bourbon, Irish, and a little bit of everything else. There was nothing not to like in San Francisco this year, with the masses gobbling up the west coast introduction of Yellow Spot, a rare showing from Stranahan’s, and a surprise appearance of Balblair 1975 and — unlisted in the program — Balblair 1969.

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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

    … Jim Beam’s spin on the cinnamon-flavored whiskey fad — the Fireball phenomenon — crept up so quietly earlier this August that no one seems to have taken much notice. I guess being, like, eighth to market doesn’t get you much press. No matter, though. Let’s have a look at Beam’s Kentucky Fire — cinnamon whiskey’s gotta have “fire” in the name…

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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: World of Whisk(e)y Bar & Cocktail Cherries

    … to add some heat. Recommended. While in a room near the Boston Shaker, there was a tasting of Barker &; Mills Bourbon Vanilla Cocktail Cherries. I spent a little time speaking with one of the owners, Barker,who told me that their company had been around for four years. He is a cocktail enthusiast and couldn't find cocktail cherries that appealed…

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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…

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  • 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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  • 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…

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  • Review: Speakeasy Bourbon

    …. Really ideal sipping for the transition from summer to autumn — and it’s a decent value. Not exactly sure how many bottles were made in this batch (or much more about it), but if you see one it may be worth picking up — especially if you’re not one who likes to pay top dollar for bourbon this time of year. 94 proof. B+ / $30 / …

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  • Review: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2014 Edition

    … Old Forester’s annual release of Birthday Bourbon — a celebration of the birthday of George Garvin Brown, founder of Brown-Forman — may not have the level of breathless anticipation surrounding it that, say, the year’s Antique Collection or Parker’s Heritage whiskey does. But I’ll say one thing for it: It’s always a well-crafted, worthwhile…

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  • Fall-Into-Winter Warmers: Whiskeys With Flavor and Value!

    … Visa card. Honestly, even I didn’t think a lot about the relative value of Whiskeys until I thought about doing this series of reviews, mainly because I have expensive tastes and have always assumed that I was forced to spend a LOT of jack to get anything I’d want to drink. Of course, for many of those years, I didn’t drink Bourbon at all, which…

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  • A Little Bit Of The Bubbly

    … Reviews of Deccolio Prosecco and Old Grand-Dad 100 Proof Bonded Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Washington Jewish Week October 16, 2014 The holidays are a great reason to pour some special wines with friends and family. And while we seldom need an excuse to enjoy some sparkling wine, and have…

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  • Celebrating 60 Years with Wild Turkey’s Jimmy Russell

    …, and, of course, Bourbon-makin’. (Did you know: Eddie Russell claims Wild Turkey is the only major distillery not using GMO grains? That the inventor of Bourbon, Elijah Craig, was a Southern Baptist minister? That Wild Turkey has used the same yeast strain since 1954?) While Eddie vowed that after his storied father finally retires, “I promise I…

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