National Bourbon Heritage Month
If you haven’t heard, this month we have been celebrating National Bourbon Heritage Month! Let’s start with the basics: what is bourbon? Under federal law, bourbon must be made in the United States; consist of at least 51% corn; and be aged in new, charred oak barrels for a minimum of two years. While whiskey has been around for over 400 years in the US, it wasn’t until 1840 that what was being distilled in Kentucky officially became known as bourbon.
There are no questions why this isn’t just a one-day celebration. Wars were fought and some of the earliest taxes and consumer protection laws all stemmed from this one beverage. In 2007, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution officially declaring September as “National Bourbon Heritage Month,” celebrating the uniquely American history of the spirit. Since then, bourbon enthusiasts have come together to appreciate the craftsmanship, history, contributions and achievements made within the Bourbon industry. While the history behind this month may run deep, we like to celebrate light-heartedly by enjoying our favorite beverage with friends.
Check out our favorite bourbon’s on the Whiskey Rebellion Trail passes!
Eight Oaks Distilling
This spirit starts with a three-grain mash of our farm raised corn, rye and wheat, freshly milled from our farmland. Then we double distill and age our Bourbon Whiskey on site in hand-selected, American White Oak barrels. A smooth easy sipper with notes of vanilla, smoke, and nutmeg with a sublime, toasty finish.
While National Bourbon Heritage Month may be coming to a close, that doesn’t mean the celebrations stop. Winter is just around the corner and we find the best pairing is a smooth bourbon on the rocks next to the crackling fire place. Cheers folks!