Kentucky is the number one seller and producer of bourbon in the world. Hence, in my move to Kentucky, I had to learn more.
If you’ve never been to a Bourbon distillery, you simply cannot fathom the process and set standard of ingredients that go into bourbon. I’m serious. I used to look at a bottle of Evan Williams and think, oh, that’s just another form of liquor…cool (thick sarcasm)!
But really, bourbon has a really neat history and after touring a few distillery’s myself, I’d like to share more!
Some facts about Bourbon:
- Kentucky is responsible for 95% of the world’s supply of bourbon.
- The bourbon industry creates over 15,000 jobs for residents of Kentucky every year – in fact it produces approximately $3 billion dollars.
- Since 1999, bourbon production has increased by almost 200%.
- Since new barrels are required for bourbon production, what happens to a barrel after it’s used? It likely ends up in Scotland. Yep, that’s right! There it’s used for aging of other spirits.
- In order to be considered straight bourbon, it must be aged for at least 2 years. However, just bourbon is not required to be any certain age.
- Kentucky distilleries pay over $14 million per year in property taxes to store their aging barrels.
- Bourbon that hasn’t aged at all is called white dog.
Side note: Have you ever heard of a bourbon-nado? Check it out here!
Places to Visit: Coming to Kentucky in the near future? Need a place to learn more about bourbon? Check out the many places along the Bourbon and Urban Bourbon trails and get your very own Kentucky hug!