Important Bourbon Fact No 2:

Again, for bourbon to be bourbon, it must be made from mash that is at least 51% corn, with the rest usually an amalgamation of other ingredients such as rye and barley.

Then came Prohibition. The ban on the production, import and sale of alcohol was imposed on the United States between 1920 and 1933 (if you ever happen to find yourself in a Kentucky distillery, best not to mention the 18th Amendment) and had a catastrophic effect on bourbon distilleries. Many went out of business, never to recover. For those that did survive, it took decades for the industry to regain its former buoyancy. Bourbon’s survival truly was due to that famous American can-do attitude, with producers rolling up their sleeves to rebuild their businesses … and the hard work paid off. Today, bourbon is thriving, with all the big names producing more bourbon than ever before, as well as wonderful craft distilleries paying homage to their favourite tipple.

Important Bourbon Fact No 3: There are approximately 6.7 million barrels of bourbon currently aging in the state of Kentucky – that’s 1.5 barrels for every person in the state!

Bourbon sales now generate nearly $4 billion a year, with the popularity of this Stateside spirit ever increasing. Distillers continue to hone their craft and bring us new, exciting and innovative batches. Intrigued? Well, if you’ve never before had a taste of the brown stuff, the Fourth of July is a great time to start!