The owner of The Party Source in Bellevue is proposing to open a distillery and is hoping to have it included in Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail. I’m all in favor of booze-based tourism, but will the future distillers of Bellevue be allowed to call their whiskey bourbon if it isn’t made in Bourbon County?—Single-Barrel FanDear Fan:Did you know that the thin-blooded and crabby fact checkers at Cincinnati Magazine require the Doctor to back up his answers with such things as URLs and other scholarly citations? It is incredibly annoying. Most times. In this case, the Doctor had only to hobble over to his well-stocked drinks cabinet where he extracted his trusty bottle of Eagle Rare Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from which he scratched the bottom of the label where it says “Bottled by Old Prentice Distillery, Frankfort, KY.” He slipped that scrap into an envelope with a vengeful teaspoon of cornstarch, and sent it off to the fact-checking department, trusting—perhaps unwisely—that the checkers know that Frankfort is in Franklin County. Then he poured himself a couple of fingers of the really awfully good product. Bourbon whiskey, which is, in fact, no longer distilled in Bourbon County, is defined by its ingredients and process rather than its point of origin. So as long as The Party Source sticks to the rules, its product may be called bourbon. How Bourbon Trail tourists will enjoy sitting in the usual traffic jam at the intersection of Fairfield and Riviera remains to be seen.
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