Hello! I hope your week is off to a great start so far! Today I wanted to go back to my Kentucky roots. I grew up in South Central, KY about an hour north of Nashville, Tennessee. I graduated from the University of Kentucky but it wasn’t until I was dating my boyfriend that I actually visited a Bourbon Distillery. If you are ever in Kentucky, this is definitely one of the must-do’s if you are a fan of Bourbon. There IS a difference between bourbon and whiskey though, so let’s clarify that first!
If you do a google search, you will see that there are several articles about the difference between the two. According to Jim Beam’s website, all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon.
Bourbon is kind of like whiskey’s “sweet spot.” Because corn is a sweet grain, the more corn, the sweeter the whiskey—and bourbon needs to be at least 51% corn. Tennessee whiskey? Not bourbon. Canadian whisky? Nope. Scotch? Definitely not bourbon… you get the idea.
When I did a search on Pinterest to see if there was a fun infographic, I came across this infographic on this site. For the Gentleman in your life, here is the Ultimate Gentleman Cheat Sheet!
If you can’t make it to Kentucky yourself, Jim Beam shares their process to make their Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey on their website! Another fun website to check out is Maker’s Mark’s for their history! We were able to visit the Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark distillery early on in our relationship which was a very educational and delicious experience! Here are some pictures from our visit:
So there you have it, the difference between Bourbon and Whiskey! There are several other stops on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail like Angels Envy, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, Evan Williams, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Town Branch, Wild Turkey, and at the top of my list for my next visit, Woodford Reserve! Do you feel like running through Bourbon Country with 11 of your closest friends in a 200-mile relay in October in Kentucky? Check out The Bourbon Chase! Registration is already closed, but it’s definitely something to consider in the future!
What about you? Have you ever been to a Bourbon Distillery? Did you know that there was a difference between the two? I hope you all are having a happy Tuesday so far! Just for fun, here’s a Kentucky pie recipe that has Maker’s in it if you wanted to try to make your own!