Bourbon is a complex and flavorful spirit with a rich history. But like any other spirit, there are a few myths that have persisted over time. Here are a few of the most common bourbon myths, and whether they’re fact or fiction:
Myth #1: Bourbon must be made in Kentucky.
This is one of the most common bourbon myths, but it's not true. Bourbon can be made in any state in the United States as long as it meets the federal definition of bourbon. In fact, there are now bourbon distilleries in over 30 states.
Myth #2: Bourbon must be aged for at least two years.
Again, this is not true. There is no minimum aging requirement for bourbon. However, most bourbons are aged for at least two years, as this is the amount of time needed to develop the complex flavors that we associate with bourbon.
Myth #3: Bourbon must be made in new oak barrels.
This is true. Bourbon must be aged in new, charred oak barrels. The charring process gives bourbon its distinctive flavor and aroma.
Myth #4: Bourbon gets better with age.
This is not always true. While some bourbons do improve with age, others reach their peak after a few years. It really depends on the specific bourbon.
Myth #5: You can't add ice to bourbon.
This is a personal preference. Some people enjoy drinking bourbon neat, while others prefer to add a little ice. There is no right or wrong way to enjoy bourbon.
Cumberland Falls Bourbon
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