This man loves his bourbon. I have to respect that.
When the German, Irish, and English settlers began to move West through what was then Virginia, they found natural mineral springs, an abundance of corn, and an environment that lent itself beautifully to the aging process of whiskey. They applied their knowledge of distillation with the raw materials they had available. A predominantly corn mash whiskey aged in new charred oak barrels yields the caramel color and the complexity of the Kentucky bourbon we have today.
There is a purity to the process and the culture of distilling bourbon. The lessons and secrets of the craft have been honed for hundreds of years. Modern technology has facilitated some of the aspects of production and distribution, but the authenticity of the art can still be found in the hills and valleys of Kentucky. There are men dedicated to conserving and sharing the integrity of this American tradition. Like in all disciplines…
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