In this second lesson, I will be looking into another classic question: Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Let us take the god news first: We know exactly where the name Bourbon comes from. And the bad news: We are not sure how the name Bourbon got attached to our beloved whiskey. Confused? Read on – and all will be (sort of) clear. The name Bourbon comes from the “House of Bourbon”, which is the name of a part of the French royal dynasty – and to some extend the Spanish royal dynasty as well.
This is the first of (hopefully) many “Bourbon 101” posts, where I will try to answer different questions, under the “American Whiskey” umbrella. And why not kick if off with one of the most fundamental questions: Bourbon is one of approximately 35 different types of American whiskeys that are officially recognized by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). It is also – by miles – the type of whiskey that is most popular and thus produced in the largest quantities. To be able to call your product Bourbon, you must adhere to a number of very strict