Bourbon DayEvery year on June 14th Bourbon Day is celebrated internationally.
Bourbon has been distilled since the 18th century, however the Whisky became known as Bourbon early 19th century due to its historical association with the geographic area known as Old Bourbon, which consisted of the original Bourbon County of Virginia, a region that included much of today's Eastern Kentucky (now also known as Bourbon County).
Nowadays Bourbon can be distilled anywhere in the US, although it’s strongest presence still remains in Kentucky.
What is bourbon?
The legal requirements for Bourbon are:
- Produced in the United States
- Made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn
- Aged in new, charred oak barrels
- Distilled to no more than 80% ABV
- Entered into the barrel for ageing at no more than 62.5% ABV
- Bottled at 40% ABV
What’s Bimber Distillery got to do with Bourbon?
As you can see from above guidelines Bourbon can’t be made outside of the US but it is common to other distilleries around the world to use ex-Bourbon barrels in their own production.
That is exactly what we are doing here at Bimber. You might be familiar with our Polish inspired Oak-Aged Vodka, which is matured in ex-Bourbon barrels for extra flavour.
Recently, we have started London Single Malt whisky production. We use four types of barrels, one being ex-Bourbon. Currently we are buying barrels from Woodford Reserve distillery in Kentucky. Their barrels will add nuttiness, dried fruit, caramel and oak flavours into our London Single Malt Whisky.
Woodford Reserve is considered as premium bourbon. Each bottle is numbered with a batch number and bottle number.
Woodford Reserve is one of the oldest and smallest distilleries in Kentucky, active since 1812. They use artisanal distilling methods and small batch production.. sounds familiar?? At Bimber Distillery we only use products we strongly believe in and agree with. It’s all about craft, artisanal methods throughout the process.
Cheers to bourbon!