Mandatory Bourbons: Eleven Bottles to Break Open For National Bourbon Heritage Month

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Bourbon is America’s native spirit. To be referred to as a bourbon, it must be made from a mash bill of at least 51% corn, aged in new, charred oak barrels, it must not be added to the barrel at higher than 125 proof, and must be made in the United States (among other rules). It doesn’t, regardless of what anyone says, need to be made in Kentucky. Bourbon is known for its sweet, corn, caramel, and vanilla-centric flavors and deserves to be celebrated all year long. But, while it doesn’t get the 365-day extravaganza treatment, it does get its own month. That’s because September is National Bourbon Heritage Month.

While we enjoy this mellow sipping whiskey all year long, September is the month specifically chosen to celebrate it. It works for us as the cooler temperatures are well-suited for the rich, charred, vanilla flavors of a well-made bourbon. Below, you’ll find eight of our favorites. Each is perfect for this and every month of the year.


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