Even in the throes of Prohibition, enterprising Americans figured out a way to make and consume whiskey—it was practically the country's birthright. From colonial days onward, domestic producers have distilled it by the barrel and bottleful, perfecting not only the spirit within them, but creating some iconic artwork as well. Perhaps most distinctive of all of these is bourbon, which must meet a very specific criteria, including aging lengths and containers, composition (the mash bill must be at least 51 percent corn), alcoholic proof and, most crucially, location. Though the product does not have to be crafted in Kentucky, it must indeed be made inside the good old US of A.
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