Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Who invented bourbon?

Who invented bourbon?

Was It even invented in Kentucky?”

The history of bourbon is shrouded in mystery. There are many myths and educated theories regarding its origin. Authoritative bourbon historians tend to agree that Elijah Craig didn’t invent it. But before we dive into the topic, we must first decide what it is and what’s relevant to the investigation of who invented it. Are we concerned about the product itself or who first used the name bourbon to describe it? Those are two entirely different topics, both worthy of conversation. Because I titled this article “Who Invented Bourbon,” I think the relevance is on the product itself.


  1. Don't drink bourbon and know bugga all about the history of it

  2. My fav is part of history, Dr. James Crow. I haven't developed a refined taste and can hardly tell it apart from the more premium brands when I sample some straight. Mostly I add it into my beer, which turns it a thrifty facsimile of bourbon barrel ale.

    I once got a bottle of Old Crow Reserve, I suppose they only made it for some fun, it cost a buck or two more per bottle than the regular.

  3. Bourbon's main use is as engine cleaner.

    1. Damn, Wirecutter, that was brutal. Honest, but brutal! regards, Alemaster

    2. i would “hazard” he is a libtard, only, they have no idea of an engine.

    3. @Wire ... You've never had Malört .. that stuff makes even the very worst gin taste like ambrosia

  4. Wow tough crowed funny how so many people can just turn on the hate when they don’t understand something. I like Bourbon a lot but didn’t like it much first time I tried it years ago beer and Vodka were more my thing I still like those two but I find good Bourbon far more interesting.

  5. Booze was made out of what was available.
    In Scotland and probably Ireland what was available was barley and every farm wifey was proud of the booze she produced. She made a lot of beer because it was healthier than the unveiled water. Whisky/whiskey was an easy thing to produce with your excess beer. I do not not know if beer just past its use by date still makes acceptable whisky. I suppose that after a few the tastebuds are numb.
    Got loads of potatoes? Make vodka.
    Got pears? Make calvados.
    Got anything that will ferment? Any old rubbish. Make gin, just add nice flavours
    Got grapes? Make brandy/cognac/armagnac.
    Got maize? Make bourbon.
    Came sugar left overs? Make rum.
    God was very kind to Adam and Eve. Lots of stuff to make booze out of. Just invent a container to ferment it in and another one to boil off and catch the water-of-life.
    Probably helped ugly people have children.

  6. But but but but ...

    Just here recently there were literally hundreds of articles on the internet of things about how some black ex-slave once worked at the Jack Daniels factory and all that we know about whiskey is that black slaves brought it to America and White people appropriated it from their culture!!!!!!!!! If it wasn't for that heroic ex-slave, there wouldn't be no whiskey at all in the New World. Hundreds of internet articles can't be wrong, right?

    I do agree with the comment in the article about how many inventions occur simultaneously around the same time, being a product of the time period and existing conditions. We see that in scientific inventions all the time. There's very seldom one single source of a new invention.

    (may be a repeat, not sure if first one went thru)

  7. Jeffery in AlabamaJune 20, 2024 at 10:02 AM

    "As the saying goes, all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. The same can be true for sour mash: all sour mash is bourbon, but not all bourbon is sour mash. Bourbon is only made in the United States and has to be made of at least 51% corn and aged in charred oak barrels to be labeled as such."

    I agree with Doonhamer in that people used what was available.

  8. Thank goodness for bourbon, which only used a new wood barrel once. Without those used barrels we would not have scotch which is aged in used bourbon barrels, which have been taken apart for ease of shipping and reassembled at the distillery. Maybe that just came about because the Scots are canny and could save a few bawbees by buying the barrels at firewood prices.
    In previous comment "unveiled" should have been "unboiled". Why productive tusk decided that is what I really meant feck knows.


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