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United States Senate Declares September "National Bourbon Heritage Month"

August 6, 2007 08:00 PM

Washington, DC—Bourbon lovers around the country are raising a glass to the U.S. Senate today for passing a resolution, just before it adjourned,  officially declaring September 2007 “National Bourbon Heritage Month,” according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

“At a time when consumer preferences have led to a renaissance for premium bourbons, it's great news that the Senate has recognized America's distilling heritage by designating September as Bourbon Heritage Month,” said Distilled Spirits Council Senior Vice President Frank Coleman.

“America's distilling heritage is intertwined with the history of the nation,” Coleman noted.  “This legislation will help bring that history back into focus for many Americans, and help us celebrate our bourbon heritage—responsibly!”

Senate Resolution 294, sponsored by Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY), and passed unanimously, calls on consumers who enjoy bourbon to do so responsibly and in moderation. 

“The bourbon industry is a source of pride for Kentucky and its heritage and has served as a major part of the commonwealth's economy for over 200 years,” Senator Bunning said in a statement.

Bourbon business is booming in the United States. Since 2003, high-end bourbons have seen revenue grow from $450 million to over $500 million, some 2.2 million cases, in the United States.  High-end bourbon sales accounted for eight percent of total spirits growth in 2006.

From the colonial era, where whiskey had an important economic and social function in the fabric of the community to the Whiskey Rebellion and Prohibition, whiskey has played an important role in the cultural heritage and history of spirits in America.  In fact,
America’s Founding Father, George Washington, had the largest whiskey distillery in the early years of the nation.

Bourbon was first recognized as a distinctive product on the United States in 1964 by an act of Congress. Under federal law, bourbon must be made in the United States; consist of at least 51% corn; and be aged in new, charred oak barrels for a minimum of two years.

In 2004 the Distilled Spirits Council and Historic Mount Vernon launched the American Whiskey Trail, a national cultural heritage and tourism initiative featuring historic sites and museums in 5 states that showcase whiskey and distilling.  The Gateway to the American Whiskey Trail is the new distilling museum at George Washington’s Distillery at Historic Mount Vernon.   www.americanwhiskeytrail.org

Mixing up a classic bourbon cocktail at home is a great way to toast Bourbon heritage month. The Mint Julep, Manhattan and Old Fashioned highlight the taste of bourbon.


Mint Julep
1.5 oz bourbon
4 mint sprigs
1 tsp sugar dissolved in water & muddled with mint
Fill with shaved ice
Stir until frosted
Add mint sprigs and/or orange slice, pineapple spear, cherry

Manhattan
1 oz bourbon
1.5 oz sweet vermouth
Add lemon twist
Serve in a cocktail glass (4.5 oz)

Old Fashioned
1.5 oz. bourbon
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Fill with ice
Muddle Orange Slice with Sugar and bitters
Add cherry, orange slice, & lemon wedge
Top with splash of club soda
Serve in a rocks glass (6.0 oz)


The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States is a national trade association representing the leading brands of distilled spirits. Council member products include the full spectrum of quality distilled spirits such as Bourbon, Scotch and other whiskeys, vodka, gin, tequila, rum, brandy, cordials and liqueurs.

The distillers take special pride in their products as well as in their commitment to encourage responsible beverage alcohol consumption by adults who choose to drink. If you choose to drink, consume sensibly and responsibly.  An important part of responsible drinking is understanding that a standard drink of regular beer (12 oz.), distilled spirits (1.5 oz. of 80-proof spirits) and wine (5 oz.) each contains the same amount of alcohol.
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