Our friends at Straightbourbon.com have answered some good questions, we thought you might like to know…
Where is bourbon made?
Bourbon can be made anywhere in the United States. All but a couple of brands are made in Kentucky, and Kentucky is the only state allowed to put its name on the bottle. And as Kentucky distillers are quick to point out, Bourbon is not Bourbon unless the label says so.
It takes its name from Bourbon County, located in the central Bluegrass region of Kentucky. It was formed from Fayette county in 1785 while still a part of Virginia and named to honor the French Royal Family and was once the major transshipment site for distilled spirits heading down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans. Barrels shipped from its ports were stamped with the county’s name, and Bourbon and whiskey soon became synonymous.
Jack Daniel’s, is not considered a bourbon because it is charcoal-mellowed — slowly, drop by drop, filtered through sugar-maple charcoal — prior to aging, which many experts say gives it a different character. The process, called the Lincoln County Process, infuses a sweet and sooty character into the distillate as it removes impurities. But up to and after the charcoal filtering, the Jack Daniel’s production is much the same as any other Bourbon. Jack Daniel’s and George Dickel are two fine Tennessee Whiskeys though neither can be called bourbon.