Ready for the biggest BS you’ll hear today? The Wall Street Journal published an article yesterday entitled, “New York Bourbons Are Nipping at Kentucky’s Heels.”
Oh yes, the article claims that New York bourbon — specifically from Brooklyn — has overtaken Kentucky bourbon thanks to distilleries like Kings County, which is co-founded by Kentucky native Colin Spoelman; Black Dirt; and Hudson Whiskey.
“I think New York distilleries are leaders,” Spoelman said.
But wait, if bourbon isn’t made in Kentucky, it isn’t bourbon at all, right? Depends on who you ask. Federal regulations don’t actually require bourbon to be distilled in Kentucky; they only mandate a specific recipe and process, which has led to a influx of out of state craft bourbons on the market in recent years. That being said, Kentucky’s limestone gives its bourbon an unique taste, which is why I have a hard time believing New York’s can beat it.
Stick to beard oil and beet toast, Brooklyn. Leave the bourbon to the experts.