8 Reasons Why Bourbon Is The Best Liquor—Ever

Bourbon whiskey is the American experience, distilled, aged, and sealed in a bottle.

1. At Jamestown, the earliest colonists applied their old-world distilling know-how to produce bourbon, the first corn-based whiskey.

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2. George Washington established one of the nation’s largest distilling operations at his estate, Mount Vernon, making him a Founding Father of both the United States and bourbon whiskey.

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3. Whiskey-swilling Scots-Irish immigrants perfected bourbon’s recipe in the rugged oak forests of the Appalachian frontier.

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4. Kentucky-born Abe Lincoln received a liquor license to sell bourbon in 1833 before turning his attention to politics.

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5. During the Civil War, soldiers on both sides liberally imbibed bourbon before, during, and after battle.

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6. In cowboy saloons and gambling halls of the late-nineteenth century, bourbon put the wild in Wild West.

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7. Bourbon fueled the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, and Ernest Hemingway during the first half of the twentieth century.

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8. In 1964, Congress passed a resolution declaring it to be a “distinctive product of the United States.”

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For more on bourbon whiskey, check out Dane Huckelbridge’s Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit !

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