Bourbon was born in Kentucky, and its rich history and distinctive flavors hold a special place in the hearts of whiskey enthusiasts far beyond the Bluegrass state.
The unique combination of fertile soil, limestone-filtered water, and a favorable climate has made Kentucky an ideal region for bourbon production. Since the late 18th century, Kentucky's distillers have harnessed these natural advantages, establishing a legacy that has earned the state its reputation as the heartland of bourbon.
Kentucky distillers have upheld the traditional grain choices, using a minimum of 51% corn, combined with rye, wheat, and malted barley. The copper stills, often used in the double distillation process, help create a smooth and complex spirit.
Kentucky's climate, with its hot summers and cold winters, plays a significant role in the maturation of bourbon. During aging, the spirit interacts with the charred oak barrels, expanding and contracting with temperature changes, allowing it to absorb flavors and develop complexity over time. Once matured, Kentucky bourbons are carefully blended, filtered, and bottled to preserve their distinctive qualities.
As you raise a glass of bourbon, take a moment to savor the flavors that connect you to the birthplace of bourbon, and the enduring legacy of quality craftsmanship.
Planning a trip?Check out Kentucky Bourbon Trail and swing by Pinecone Home --- less than 10 minutes from the Ohio-Kentucky border.