The House of Bourbon

Image result for whiskey postcard vintageIf you know much
about history,
you might have
some stuff written
down in old notebooks
about the
“House of Bourbon”,
which was once a
ruling dynasty
in both France and Spain
at one time or another.

( Not to mention
Navarre, Parma, Sicily,
etc, etc. )

Well, you won’t need those
crusty, dusty notebooks for
this post, so I’d suggest you
throw em out and make room
for some bottles of good booze.

Cause the kinda Bourbon
I’m talking about might be
powerful, but it ain’t gonna
cause a revolution or anything.

( A rebellion, possibly,
although the original American
‘Whiskey Rebellion’ probably
involved ‘Rye’ ) .

Well, anyhoo….
my old friend Mrs. Fever
suggested the topic and since
I never go anywhere without
my favorite Bourbon, it seemed
a pretty good subject to write
about while I was on the road.

I’ve been known to pop in
on Bourbon Distilleries
while I’m in the neighborhood —
like Wild Turkey in
Lawrenceburg, Kentucky,
Maker’s Mark in Loretto,
and of course, Jack Daniel’s
in Tennessee.

( YES, of course,
Jack Daniel’s is Bourbon —
and was Motorhead Lemmy’s
favorite. )

Visiting a distillery is quite
an interesting way to spend
an afternoon — and the
perfume of the production
process will definitely make
an impression on you………

— even if you don’t drink
(perish the thought).

While the differences between
types of whiskeys are often
a little obscure–
( did you know that most
whiskeys are spelled with
an ‘E’, but Scotch
‘Whisky’ is not…. )
— the flavor should always
tell you, when it’s a quality

But, obviously, there is a
lot of cool trivia about it,
and the other
whiskey/whisky types.

Here’s one I’ll bet you
I get you on –

Is ‘Southern Comfort’
a brand of bourbon ?

Answer: No.
It’s technically a bourbon
flavored liqueur.


Can you name all the
types of whiskey?

Answer: There are a
surprising variety
of whiskeys made in the United States alone –
but about 80% fall into
one of these categories:

Bourbon (51% corn mash,
and aged in new charred
oak barrels)

Rye (51% Rye mash)

Corn Whiskey (80% corn mash)

Malt Whiskey (51% malted barley mash)
(‘Scotch’ would be in this category,
but must be made in Scotland
to qualify for the designation)

Wheat Whiskey
(51% wheat mash )


Question: Does “Sour Mash”
refer to the flavor of a whiskey?

Answer: Although some might
argue that it does add flavor
notes, “Sour Mash” refers to
a process that some distillers
— they introduce an older ‘mash’
to a new batch to jump start the
fermentation process — very much
like bakers do when they make
‘sour dough’ bread.

Jack Daniel’s is an example of that.


I read in an old notebookaprhib
that the name Bourbon
for whiskey comes from
an old French line of kings.
Is this true?

I told you to throw
those notebooks out, man.
But it is true indirectly,
because the Bourbonsc
were the inspiration
for the name of the county in
Kentucky where several large
distillers had settled, and
for which the whiskey style
is named.

I know.
Clear as mud.


Question: I have a bottle
of Bourbon I’ve had since
1970. Does it get better
if I let it sit around?

Answer: Bourbon no longer matures once
it is bottled, (out of
the barrel) so the
answer is that it only gets
better if you drink it.

Grab me a glass.
I’ll help you.

!!! HOY !!!


17 thoughts on “The House of Bourbon

  1. YarrowHill says:

    Wild Turkey … I love it.
    Ever try Talisker? Curious about your reaction ….! 😀

  2. Very good post about whiskey. Jack Daniel’s so good, but I can’t handle it anymore.

  3. Great post! Good Q and A! Good ads and cards, etc! 🙂
    I always thought it would be cool if alcohol was named after women…like Jaclyn Daniel, Jinny Beam, Jeannie Walker, Captain Morgana, etc.
    Then a man could say I spend last night with Jaclyn and Jeannie! 😉 HA! 😀
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  4. Mrs Fever says:

    Wait, did you just call me OLD?!? 😛

    I did not know that about the ‘y’ versus ‘ey’ spellings. (I wonder if Beau and Luke Duke knew that bit of linguistic trivia?)

  5. julespaige says:

    Oh… You would love Bardstown, KY – in the center of town is a rose compass with the directions of KY bourbon distilleries shooting off in all directions. They’ve even got a Bourbon museum! the Bourbon capital of the world!

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