Bourbon is indigenous not just to the United States but more specifically to the American South, with some 95% of it hailing from Kentucky. In recognition of this fact, we’ve been celebrating National Bourbon Day every June 14th since 1964 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an Act of Congress that designated bourbon as The Official Spirit of America.
Producing bourbon is no easy feat. For a whiskey to classify as bourbon, it must be made in the U.S. and the mix of grains used to distill bourbon must be within the range of 51-79% Indian corn. A bourbon must be aged at least two years using a new, charred oak barrel and bottled at no less than 80 proof. So, check out our choices for America’s Official Spirit and celebrate National Bourbon Day.