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Who Makes My Bourbon?

This is the fifth in a series on Bourbon by Zach Pearson. Read them all: Bourbon, Bourbon After the Act, Bourbon: What it is ... and isn't, Making Bourbon, Who Makes My Bourbon, Producer Capsules., Finding the Good Stuff, Tasting the Good Stuff, Neat, Mashbills, Geeky Information and Resources.

About a year ago, GQ exerpted this great picture from David Haskell's The Kings County Distiller Guide to Urban Moonshining. Click the image on the left to see the detail. It’s pretty easy to see from this that there are really only thirteen major Bourbon producers in the United States. These 13 distilleries are owned by only nine companies.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You can’t walk into a liquor store and not see an entire 50 foot shelf of Bourbons with names you’ve never heard of. Some of them are even local. All of them have great stories on the back about how this particular Bourbon was the favorite of Ulysses S. Grant or Al Capone or was made by some hill-William from a secret family recipe only recently rediscovered inside a hollow log in Possum Lick, Kentucky. Like the Templeton Rye label to the left. Click it to expand and read it.

Recent Additions

  • Malort in Paradise — Herbal liqueur, Jamaican rum, Grapefruit soda, Pineapple juice, Passion fruit syrup, Lime, Pineapple, Grapefruit peel
  • Jamaican Beer — Dark rum, Rhum Agricole, Whipped cream, Allspice
  • The Ficus — Bermuda rum, Orange juice, Lime juice, Demerara syrup, Fig preserves, Balsamic Vinegar, Orange peel
  • Green Mountain — Cognac, Herbal liqueur, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Mint
  • Veneto Negroni — Gin, Sweet vermouth, Amaro, Aperol, Grapefruit peel

Recent Discussion

  • Re Wall Street Insider, 2 days ago Cara A commented:

    I dialed back the Fernet a bit for my audience. Very tasty! Also very boozy, so I made 1.5 drinks for 2 people. Love the scaling function on this site 👍🏼

  • Re Ms. Mary, 2 days ago WGH commented:

    Wonderful warm/hot weather cocktail with 1/2 original Agave adjusted per previous comments.

  • Re The Copper Kid, 2 days ago Shawn C commented:

    Surprisingly good, I would have rated it a 4 by myself, but family members were more effusive in their praise, so I'll give it a 5. Very dark appearance, strong baking spice flavors, The essence is kola meets baking spice, meets orange. Intense and palatable flavor with a dark hue, not base-spirit-forward, allowing the Averna to shine.

  • Re Zocalo, 3 days ago Joe White commented:

    I love this drink. So simple and so layered. Occupies the same place in my heart as a Sentimental Gentleman

  • Re New Pal, 5 days ago HallA commented:

    I made a variant from here with turned down campari and vermouth and switched the amounts of absinthe and Peychaud. Liked it with that spec and generally consistent with boulevardier preferences suspect that's the spec I'd favor.. With those proportions it's a four star drink, not sure with the 1:1:1.