The Bourbon Belt

The Bourbon Belt2017-04-14T14:24:19+00:00

Buckle Up for the Bourbon Belt

Bourbon whiskey, or just Bourbon, is a unique product of the United States. Bourbon gets its name from Bourbon County, Kentucky, where it’s been produced since 1820.

Besides being the longest-producing state in the bourbon biz, Kentucky also has more aging bourbon barrels than people – more than 5 million barrels are hard at work distilling something delicious at any given time. 95% of the world’s bourbon is distilled right here in Kentucky.

Anyone can follow the Bourbon Trail and visit the source of their favorite hooch – many of the distilleries in Kentucky have tours. The angel’s share has evaporated, but you can get yourself some of the devil’s cut – the bourbon soaked into the barrels – in distillery tasting rooms.

What it Takes to be Bourbon

  • Made the United States
  • Aged in brand new charred oak barrels
  • Made from a grain mixture of at least 51% corn
  • Bottled at 80 proof or more (40% alcohol)
  • Distilled to no more than 160 proof
  • Barreled (put into the barrel) at no more than 125 proof
  • Straight bourbon must be aged at least 2 years

 

Barrel Heads

We use authentic, distillery used bourbon barrel heads to craft our products.  Learn more about the marking, char and how they work.

Learn More About Barrel Heads