Champion racehorses and fine bourbon whisky is as
much a part of Kentukcy history as the county (Bourbon)
it is named for. As early as 1775, enterprising Kentuckians
were making corn whiskey. Kentucky settlers gave whiskey
several new twists, beginning with corn, which was
abundant since settlers could claim 400 acres if they
built a cabin and grew a patch of corn.
Today, by definition, bourbon is a whiskey made
from a mash containing at least 51 percent corn.
Distilleries in Kentucky now produce 95 percent
of all the bourbon produced in the US. Three distilleries
in the Lexington area offer free tours. The oldest
contentious operating distillery in Kentucky is
located in the bluegrass region. Considered a Kentucky
craft, bourbon is indeed a handcrafted product,
much of it still made in small batches with fastidious
Kentucky spring water, purified as it flows over
limestone rock formations, is perfect for bourbon
distilling because it is free of minerals that affect
taste. This iron-free limestone water is what makes
Kentucky bourbon world-renowned.
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