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No, Not All Bourbon is From Kentucky

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Celebrate #30DaysofBourbon by drinking the brown stuff like you mean it.

Although Kentucky enjoys a well-deserved reputation as the heart and soul of bourbon country, bourbon can be—and most definitely is—made all over the United States. Where to begin on your cross-country bourbon wanderings? How about right here.  

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1. Belle Meade Sour Mash Straight Bourbon Whiskey ($40)

Hails From: Nashville, Tennessee
The first offering from the reincarnated Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery is a high-rye bourbon with plenty of dark, spicy flavor that evokes toffee and gingerbread. 

2. Breaker Bourbon Whiskey ($49)

Hails From: Buellton, California
The first bourbon produced in Southern California since Prohibition, this small-batch whiskey offers plenty of corn sweetness and finishes on the fruity side, with hints of cherry and peach. It’s just right for mixing into a batch of Boulevardiers.

3. Few Bourbon Whiskey ($50)

Hails From: Evanston, Illinois
South meets North in this small-batch bourbon. It’s a three-grain bourbon (corn, rye and malted barley). That rye adds plenty of cayenne and black pepper fireworks.

4. Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon ($80)

Hails From: Ancram, New York
This is a unique field-to-flask whiskey, aged by solera method using former Oloroso sherry barrels. All together, that means lots of bold vanilla, brown sugar and raisin-y flavor ideal for slow sipping with a splash of branchwater. 

5. Oola Waitsburg Bourbon Whiskey ($50)

Hails From: Seattle, Washington
This Old Fashioned–worthy bourbon is on the sweeter side, with notes of caramel and hazelnut interspersed with orange peel and spice.

6. Watershed Distillery Bourbon ($40)

Hails From: Columbus, Ohio
Made from spelt along with corn, rye and wheat, this brisk, tasty four-grain bourbon has a unique caramel–baked apple flavor profile.

7. Wigle Organic Bourbon ($58)

Hails From: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Laying claim as the first bourbon made in Pennsylvania in 30 years, this chocolate- and spice-accented whiskey features Wapsie Valley corn, an heirloom varietal that’s grown just miles from the distillery and milled on site.  

 

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