Bourbon Curious: A Shot or Two of History

Where it all began (maybe). Did a Baptist minister invent Bourbon whiskey? Maybe, maybe not, but it sure does make for a great story. In Georgetown, you can see Royal Spring Park, where the Rev. Elijah Craig―described as an “argumentative,” “worldly,” and “cantankerous” preacher―reputedly mixed up the first batch of bourbon in the 1780s. While […]

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How Kentucky Became the World’s Bourbon Capital

There’s no law mandating that bourbon must be produced in Kentucky, although it might seem that way given the state’s dominance in distilling the distinctive corn-based, barrel-aged whiskey. According to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the Bluegrass State produces and ages approximately 95 percent of the world’s bourbon whiskey. So is there something in Kentucky’s water […]

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