Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar Celebrates Bourbon

Here in Bourbon Country it’s all about secret recipes and time-honored traditions that date back more than 200 years.  To celebrate all that history, here are some quick shots from the Kentucky Distillers Association:

Kentucky is the birthplace of Bourbon, producing 95 percent of the world’s supply.

  • Bourbon is America’s only native spirit, as declared by Congress in 1964.
  • Bourbon must be made with a minimum of 51 percent corn and aged in new oak barrels that have been charred.
  • Only Kentucky has the perfect natural mix of climate, conditions and pure limestone water necessary for producing the world’s best Bourbon.
  • Bourbon production has increased more than 50 percent since 1999 (455,078 barrels compared to 786,778 in 2010.)

    Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar at the Galt House Hotel offers more than 150 different Bourbons to choose from. It is part of the Urban Bourbon Trail.

  • Total Bourbon inventory reached 4.7 million barrels in 2010, the highest it’s been since 1982. That means there are more barrels of Bourbon aging in the Commonwealth than there are people (4.3 million).
  • The 2010 tax-assessed value of all barrels aging in Kentucky is $1.5 billion – up $24 million from 2009.
  • Kentucky’s signature distilling industry is responsible for nearly 10,000 jobs with an annual payroll of $442 million, and generates more than $125 million in state and local taxes every year.
  • More than 5.2 million barrels of Bourbon and other whiskeys are currently aging in Kentucky, the highest inventory since 1977.
  • U.S. distilled spirits exports topped $1 billion in 2010 for the fourth straight year; Kentucky Bourbon and Tennessee whiskey made up more than $700 million of that amount.
  • Kentucky’s Bourbon manufacturers are currently investing nearly $190 million in capital projects, from new distilleries and warehouses to increased bottling and tourism facilities.

Source: The Kentucky Distillers’ Association, DISCUS