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Does Bourbon Always Have To Be Made In Kentucky?
Kentucky is considered the world's bourbon capital. The state does produce 95% of the world’s bourbon, but it does not have to be made there to be the real deal.
According to the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, bourbon is defined as whiskey made in the U.S. that contains at least 51% corn.
It has to be aged in charred new oak barrels at a maximum alcohol content of 62.5% and bottled at no more than 80% ABV. U.S.-made whiskey that meets this can be labeled as bourbon.
Bourbon can be made anywhere in the U.S. and there are several fine producers outside of the Bluegrass State distilling amazing bourbon worth exploring.