Who Decided National Bourbon Day Should Only Be One Day?

Yes, there’s a holiday for everything nowadays. But seriously, National Bourbon Day on June 14th is one of the most important. It’s right up there with Valentine’s Day and my birthday. The only issue I have with it is why it’s not an entire week, or month for that matter?

There’s a lot of confusion about bourbon, whiskey and rye. So here’s the basic scoop:
A whiskey which is only distilled in the United States.  To legally be a considered Bourbon, it must be 51% corn, stored in new (not aged) charred-oak barrels and distilled no more than 160 proof and barreled at 125 proof, and can not have any added flavoring or coloring.
A whiskey that is distilled from at least 51% rye. Rye is a type of grass that is a member of the wheat tribe and closely related to barley.
A distilled alcoholic beverage  made from fermented grain mash (barley, corn, rye or wheat) and typically aged in charred white oak casks, giving it its distinctive brown color. Whiskey is a broad category of liquor and can have lots of differences in color, taste and smell. Hence, the probable confusion.

For a deeper dive into understanding all the variations and nuances, check out this article in Huffington Post that sums it up quite well: CLICK HERE

There are hundreds of different bourbons and even more recipes for cocktails using it. Our favorites include Manhattans (with a filthy cherry) and Battle of New Orleans (similar to Sazerac).
As far as favorite bourbons, there really hasn’t been one we haven’t liked, however we differ slightly in our favorites. Robert is a huge fan of Maker’s Mark which I find to be on the sweeter side for some reason. I love the ones from Bulleit.  However, if money was no object we’d probably stock our bar with Four Roses Single Barrel and Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey.

What are some of your favorite bourbons and bourbon drinks? Let’s celebrate National Bourbon Day together all year long.


Happy National Bourbon Day!

Who decided that June 14th is National Bourbon Day? Why didn’t they make it longer?


  • amber b June 14, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Interesting, I had no idea about the differences.

    • Kim & Robert June 15, 2017 at 2:16 am

      It’s totally confusing but at the end of the day – they are all good and you can’t go wrong! Cheers!

  • Amanda Dyer June 14, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I actually didn’t know the difference between whiskey and bourbon before reading this. Pretty cool!

    • Kim & Robert June 15, 2017 at 2:16 am

      Glad you found it helpful. No go enjoy this fabulous holiday all year long. Thanks for reading. Cheers!

  • Kylie Abreu June 14, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Wow I really had no idea that bourbon was only made in the USA. interesting. I am not a whiskey fan but I live in scotland and everyone loves it

    • Kim & Robert June 15, 2017 at 2:17 am

      Glad to hear it’s big in Scotland. We will have to work on converting you. Start with something like an Old Fashioned. Cheers!

  • Mandy Allen June 14, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    When you really love something it is such a shame when there is only one day to celebrate your love for it!

    Enjoy the journey!

    • Kim & Robert June 15, 2017 at 2:18 am

      So true but then again, we can always find a reason to celebrate, right? CHEERS!


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