Where Did Bourbon Get Its Name?

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This brought to mind an old bit of trivia: where does the name bourbon come from? This is old, because I'd tried to figure this out a few years ago.

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kapitalkid

Little River, SC

#1 Feb 18, 2013
Bourbon comes from the 'Bourbon' Kings of France, allies of the new American government after the Revolutionary War. Bourbon whiskey was founded by Elijah Craig, a Baptist minister in Georgetown when it was part of Bourbon County.
bourbon

United States

#2 Feb 18, 2013
Named after bourbon co.
Francophile

Stanton, KY

#3 Feb 18, 2013
bourbon wrote:
Named after bourbon co.
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...which was named for the Bourbon Family - French Royalty.
Explains why it's Paris too.
mozilla

Austin, TX

#4 Feb 22, 2013
Elijah Craig can't be confirmed as creating bourbon.
There is no way to confirm any one person for creating a product that had been made for centuries(distilled alcohol).
The French had a large influence on bourbon, Yes. That's where the charred barrels comes from....Brandy/Cognac.
uaxwax

Pittsburgh, PA

#5 Feb 22, 2013
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Bourbon is a type of American whiskey a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn. The name of the spirit derives from its historical association with an area known as Old Bourbon, around what is now Bourbon County, Kentucky (which, in turn, was named after the French House of Bourbon royal family). It has been produced since the 18th century.[1] While it may be made anywhere in the United States, it is strongly associated with the American South in general, and Kentucky in particular
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uaxwax

Pittsburgh, PA

#6 Feb 22, 2013
mozilla

Austin, TX

#7 Apr 5, 2013
uaxwax wrote:
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Bourbon is a type of American whiskey a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn. The name of the spirit derives from its historical association with an area known as Old Bourbon, around what is now Bourbon County, Kentucky (which, in turn, was named after the French House of Bourbon royal family). It has been produced since the 18th century.[1] While it may be made anywhere in the United States, it is strongly associated with the American South in general, and Kentucky in particular
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The current definition of...what bourbon is....was created in the 1960's. Products made before that time and being labeled as bourbon...might or might not have qualified as todays bourbon. The term 'bourbon' was a catch all term used to describes whiskies with dark colors(freshly distilled whiskey is clear) and sweet flavors. There were many other names for whiskey back then.

The families that were distilling spirits in 'Old Bourbon' county...were the same families that were fleeing the whiskey rebellion in Pennsylvania years earlier. And before they started distilling in Pa...they were distilling whiskey in Ny and Connecticut and Virginia. So, to give all the credit for whiskey making to the South or Ky would be a bit short sighted. Before they came to America...believe it or not...they made whiskey in the UK(scotch and irish whiskey). Scotland and Ireland don't use a charred barrel with their mash of grains. Bourbon whiskey does use a charred barrel.

Also, bourbon can be made in any of the 50 States...and has been. Illinois, Pennsylvania, Tenn., Indiana, and Ohio have produced and are still producing bourbons and whiskies to this day. There is also many distilled products that don't use corn or rye...made in the US. Such as brandy made from fruit. Strangely enough...you just substitute fruit for grains...and use the same distilling process as any other whiskey. That's why most of the old school producers(1800's-1900's) of bourbons also made brandy. The distiller would distill anything that was in abundance...and therefore inexpensive.
Jonesy

Winchester, KY

#8 Apr 5, 2013
Daniel shawhan made the first bourbon on the banks of townsend. The outline of buildings can still be seen. Google shawhan ky an read. Cool story.
Your right

Clay City, KY

#9 Apr 5, 2013
From what I've read danial Shawhan started bourbon in Shawhan but Elijah Craig tried to take all credit

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