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Bourbon is an American whiskey made from corn and other grains, and is strongly associated with the state of Kentucky. Bourbon can, however, be legally produced anywhere in the United States. An Act of Congress passed in 1964 made bourbon the official spirit of the United States.
By US law, bourbon must be made from at least 51% corn. Most bourbons are distilled in Kentucky, and aged in charred white oak barrels for at least two years. Depending on the manufacturer and process, wheat, rye or barley may be used in production.
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Brands and Variations of Bourbon
Jeremiah Weed is a bourbon-based liqueur produced and sold in the United States. It has a limited market and can be difficult to obtain. It is a favourite of United States Air Force personnel, and has a somewhat unique following amongst fighter pilots. Jeremiah Weed is 50% alcohol by volume.
Jim Beam is currently the best selling brand of bourbon in the world.
Jim Beam Black Label
Black Label is a premium bourbon offering from the Jim Beam company. It is aged longer than other brands (8 years) and has slightly more alcohol, at 86 proof (rather than 80 proof like most bourbons).
Old Crow is a bourbon whiskey created in the 1830's by Dr. James Crow. "Old" refers to the aged property of the bourbon, having been aged for at least three years.
Rebel Yell[home page]
A brand of whiskey produced since 1849, distinctive for using wheat rather than rye in the mash.
Wild Turkey Rare Breed[home page]
Wild Turkey Rare Breed is a blend of 6, 8 and 12 year old Wild Turkey bourbons, and is a "barrel-proof" bourbon, meaning that it is bottled straight from the barrels with no added water or diluting agents.