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					Bourbon In The Making It is a well-rounded argument that the Scottish has the market sewn up as far as making the best product on the planet; however there ar e a few studs in other stables worth a mention. Bourbon has long be en associated with Kentucky and for good reason as it is the state w here this craft was first developed. Elijah Craig a Baptist minister in the late 18th century in Georgetown Kentucky unveiled to farmers and townsfolk alike the first Bourbon wh iskey where the trend just took off. It is said that even the father o f the great Abraham Lincoln got into the action. European settlers brought this trade secret with them to North Amer ica and in turn shared it with their new neighbors. Giving way to a boom in production. 1791 was the timeframe for the whiskey rebelli on that took place in Pennsylvania where the government elected to impose tax on whiskey and whiskey sales. This did not sit well with distillers so they made their way to the Ke ntucky Mountains to avoid the collectors of said tax. Eighty percent o f all Bourbon today is distilled in the state of Kentucky. A royal fam ily of French decent carried the name that now brandishes the bottles of this Kentucky gold. The name was introduced in 1758. The attempt of American independence from British rule saw the Fre nch giving support so as the independence grew new land developmen ts in America were named in French as tribute. In the year 1785, K entucky was known as the Kentucky district of Virginia and not a s eparate state. Through some of the river ports in Kentucky the whiskies were shi pped down the Ohio River to New Orleans. Northeastern Bourbon cou nty and Limestone county combined in 1789 to forge Mason county V irginia. Although Bourbon is less restricted than Scotch, there are some reg ulations in place today. State regulation on Bourbon distilling re quires the brew to be made from 51% corn; however barley wheat and rye may be used for blending purposes. It must be between 80-160% p roof. The soft texture and sweet taste come from the corn itself. After it i s distilled in a continual still, it is then filled to casks made of o ak for maturing for a much regulated minimum of no less than two years . These regulations make Bourbon what it is today, a very popular whi skey among all who drink. 400 PPPPP

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