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First things first. What is bourbon?

Bourbon is a type of American whiskey that is made primarily from corn. It is named after Bourbon County, Kentucky, where it was first produced in the 18th century. However, bourbon can be produced anywhere in the United States, as long as it adheres to certain guidelines set forth by the government. To be considered bourbon, the whiskey must be made from a mash bill (the recipe of grains used) that is at least 51% corn. The remaining grains can include barley, wheat, and rye. The mash is then fermented and distilled before being aged in new, charred oak barrels for a minimum of two years. This aging process is what gives bourbon its distinct color and flavor. One of...

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