A mash of wisdom – Michael Veach and The Filson Bourbon Academy

“The history of the bourbon industry is a rich one that mirrors the history of America.”

These words were written by Michael Veach in his most recent book, Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage. Bourbon was officially designated as “America’s Native Spirit” in 1964 through a bill which may also mark the last time Congress agreed on anything. Not all whiskey gets to be bourbon. The whiskey has to be made in the United States (though over 90% of all bourbon is made in Kentucky) and it has to contain at least 51% corn in the grains used to distill it. Only pure water can be added to the finished product, and there are a few other technical details it must comply with. Bourbon has been made in this country since the 19th century, but no one can really pinpoint an exact starting year. Full story

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