Bourbon's growing faster than any other alcohol and with good reason. Get to know your bourbon with this quick guide and order it up with a side of patriotism.
To qualify as bourbon, the grain mixture must be at least 51% corn and produced in the United States. It also must be aged in charred-oak barrels to earn its title. Bourbon traditionally includes barley as well as the obligatory corn, but the third grain used, either rye or wheat, varies from brand to brand.
Traditional - Widow Jane
A traditional Bourbon recipe contains about 70% corn and equal parts rye and barley. These Bourbons yield a sweet, oaky taste up front, followed by a long, spicy finish. Widow Jane Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey is one of the best out there and, produced in Brooklyn, proof that not all great Bourbons are made in Kentucky.