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Kentucky Whiskey

Kentucky, USA Kentucky, USA
Kentucky whiskey – or Kentucky bourbon as it’s more commonly known, is a distinct style of whiskey created, distilled and aged in Kentucky. Actually, this is not strictly accurate - There are, in fact, no geographic restrictions governing where bourbon can be made. Yet, as Kentucky is the source of all but a tiny drop in the 50-million-gallon annual bucket, it is commonly accepted as the state’s own spirit.

Kentucky bourbon is classified as a distilled spirit made from fermented mash, mainly consisting of corn, and aged in white oak barrels for at least two years. Its distinctive character is gained from the state’s iron-free water, which is used in the distillation process. Bartenders do multiple pours in order to shake the up the "suspended solids" in the bourbon and round out the flavor.


History of Kentucky Whiskey

By the time Louisville was founded in 1783, some of its earliest inhabitants had already been distilling whiskey for a while.

Local farmers, seeking to make an additional income from part of their corn harvest (as whiskey was easier to transport than its equivalent value in corn), began to make whiskey after their corn harvest on the late summer. The thing was that, before they could ship it down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans, they had to wait a good few months for the spring rainy season when the currents allowed the rivers to run faster. In addition, once the barrels were loaded, the trip downstream could take several weeks.

Although this waiting to reach market probably felt like an inconvenience for many whiskey producers, something magical was occurring. You see, by the time the whiskey reached New Orleans, the months of aging had given it an amber hue and given it a smoother, richer, and much more pleasing flavor than un-aged ‘white’ whiskey.

What’s more, around this time, an unlikely figure, in the form of the Reverend Elijah Craig, made a decision that changed the character of the liquor into the one we know today. Fondly titled “The Father of Bourbon,” the story goes that Craig,- a distillery owner as well as a man of the cloth – experienced what one would now deem a very happy misfortune. Following a small fire in his distillery, which charred some of his new barrels, Criag decided to err on the side of frugality and used the charred barrels to age his whiskey. What emerged was a whiskey with a unique, charred flavor that gained fast and firm popularity. Following Craig’s lead, charring barrels became the standard practice for bourbon making and is to this day, firmly followed as part of the process. There are more barrels of bourbon than people in Kentucky.

Bardstown saw its first distillers arrive in the 1770s, as Jacob Beam and others were attracted to the area’s array of limestone-rich springs and streams, with Louisville distilleries following soon after its founding.

Louisville continued to be a hive of distilling throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, yet it was Bardstown that began to emerge as Kentucky’s most prominent distilling center, earning it the accolade of “The Bourbon Capital of the World”.

At time of writing there are more than 20 working bourbon distilleries in Kentucky, making more than 200 famous and well –followed brands, including Buffalo Trace, Blanton’s, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey and Jim Beam..

Where to Start with Kentucky Whiskey

With more expressions of Kentucky whiskey than even an avid liquor enthusiast could name, the choice for starting a journey into this classic American spirit, is vast. To help you out, Frootbat have hand-picked a small selection of the very best of Kentucky to help you on your way. Relax, sit back and enjoy.
FROOTBAT HAS 249 PRODUCTS FROM THE Kentucky Whiskey REGION AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO United States
FROOTBAT HAS 249 PRODUCTS FROM THE Kentucky Whiskey REGION AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO United States
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Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year Old Lot B Bourbon
Old Rip Van Winkle Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year Old Lot B Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$599.994 buying options
Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$13.9915 buying options
Reserve Very Old Very Small Batch Bourbon
Jefferson's Reserve Very Old Very Small Batch Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$37.979 buying options
Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel Bourbon
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$47.9910 buying options
6 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky
Sazerac 6 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky 750ml Bottle
$25.9915 buying options
Handmade 107 Proof 10 Year Old Bourbon
Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade 107 Proof 10 Year Old Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$499.995 buying options
Original Sour Mash Bourbon
Kentucky Vintage Original Sour Mash Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$24.9511 buying options
Original White Label Bourbon
Jim Beam Original White Label Bourbon 1lt Bottle
$20.999 buying options
Russell's Reserve 10 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 10 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$29.9924 buying options
Forgiven Bourbon and Rye Straight Whiskey
Wild Turkey Forgiven Bourbon and Rye Straight Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$41.373 buying options
Master's Keep 17 Year Old Bourbon
Wild Turkey Master's Keep 17 Year Old Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$159.994 buying options
8 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Basil Hayden's 8 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$29.9952 buying options
Original White Label Bourbon
Jim Beam Original White Label Bourbon 375ml Bottle
$10.996 buying options
7 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Baker's 7 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$36.9920 buying options
46 Bourbon
Maker's Mark 46 Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$27.9912 buying options
US-1 Small Batch Sour Mash Whiskey
Michter's US-1 Small Batch Sour Mash Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$33.9913 buying options
Original Small Batch Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey
Bernheim Original Small Batch Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$27.9920 buying options
1776 100 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey
James E. Pepper 1776 100 Proof Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$24.959 buying options
1870 Original Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Old Forester 1870 Original Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$43.9919 buying options
Forged Oak 15 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Orphan Barrel Forged Oak 15 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$119.996 buying options
Apple Bourbon
Jim Beam Apple Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$9.9914 buying options
Diamond Anniversary Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$129.993 buying options
Rare Breed Bourbon
Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$39.9917 buying options
21 Year Old Premium Small Batch Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Black Maple Hill 21 Year Old Premium Small Batch Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$139.994 buying options
25th Anniversary True Barrel Small Batch Bourbon
Booker's 25th Anniversary True Barrel Small Batch Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$849.991 buying option
Pappy Van Winkle's 23 Year Old Family Reserve Bourbon
Old Rip Van Winkle Pappy Van Winkle's 23 Year Old Family Reserve Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$2,349.003 buying options
Cask Strength Port Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Angel's Envy Cask Strength Port Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$209.9914 buying options
Bourbon
Maker's Mark Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$21.9924 buying options
Green Label Bourbon
Evan Williams Green Label Bourbon 1.75lt Bottle
$17.993 buying options
Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
Rowan's Creek Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$33.9925 buying options
Dual Cask Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Filibuster Dual Cask Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$39.007 buying options
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Town Branch Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$32.9912 buying options
Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon
Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$24.9732 buying options
Spiced Whiskey
Wild Turkey Spiced Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$22.994 buying options
8 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Old Charter 8 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$16.992 buying options
Cask Strength Bourbon
Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon 375ml Bottle
$15.9914 buying options
101 Bourbon
Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon 50ml Bottle
$3.991 buying option
Distiller's Masterpiece PX Sherry Cask Bourbon
Jim Beam Distiller's Masterpiece PX Sherry Cask Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$175.798 buying options
Pot Still Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Willett Pot Still Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$39.997 buying options
Old Medley 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Wathen's Old Medley 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$67.993 buying options
Kentucky Fire Bourbon
Jim Beam Kentucky Fire Bourbon 1.75lt Bottle
$25.992 buying options
90 Proof Bourbon
Ezra Brooks 90 Proof Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$12.992 buying options
Artisan Wry Moon Unaged Kentucky Pot Distilled Rye Whiskey
Corsair Artisan Wry Moon Unaged Kentucky Pot Distilled Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$37.993 buying options
Single Barrel Double Oaked Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Woodford Reserve Single Barrel Double Oaked Straight Bourbon Whiskey 375ml Bottle
$23.993 buying options
101 Bourbon
Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon 375ml Bottle
$11.996 buying options
Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
(ri)1 Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$24.9910 buying options
101 Bourbon
Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$19.9920 buying options
Black Label Bourbon
Jim Beam Black Label Bourbon 375ml Bottle
$12.991 buying option
Red Stag Spiced Cinnamon Bourbon
Jim Beam Red Stag Spiced Cinnamon Bourbon 50ml Bottle
$1.991 buying option
Barterhouse 20 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon
Orphan Barrel Barterhouse 20 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon 750ml Bottle
$279.002 buying options
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