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  1. True or False: Bourbon County gets its name from the numerous bourbon distilleries located there.
  2. True or False: “Straight” bourbon must be aged in American oak for a minimum of four years.
  3. True or False: The main difference between Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey is the type of wood used in the aging process.
  4. True or False: The name given to fresh-from-the-still, un-aged bourbon is White Dog.
  5. True or False: To qualify as “Bottled-in-Bond” a bourbon must be bottled in Bond, Kentucky.
  6. True or False: Bourbon distilleries were repurposed during World War II to produce penicillin.
  7. True or False: The bourbon making process creates a leftover “slop” that is used to make tortillas.
  8. True or False: The Mint Julep, a quintessential cocktail made with bourbon, inspired the invention of the modern drinking straw.



  1. False: It is named after Louis XVI, the last Bourbon King of France. The name honors his helpful alliance with the colonies during the American Revolution.
  2. False: Straight bourbon must come from a mash of at least 51% corn, distilled to no more than 160 proof and barreled in charred oak at 125 proof or below. It must be aged at least 2 years and be free of added flavoring or coloring.
  3. False: Tennessee whiskey is charcoal-filtered, Kentucky bourbon is not.
  4. True: The term reflects the liquor’s lack of coloring and it’s ability to “bite” the person imbibing in too much.
  5. False: It must be produced in one season, by one distiller, at one distillery. It also must be aged in a federally bonded warehouse at least four years and bottled at 100 proof.
  6. True: Penicillin is a by-product of fermentation and distilleries were able to make it in large amounts. This greatly reduced the number of injury-related deaths during the war.
  7. True: It is also used to make granola, and to feed livestock.
  8. True: In 1888, Marvin Stone was tired of drinking his Mint Juleps through a stalk of rye grass. He disliked the flavor and residue it added to his drink. He patented the first modern drinking straw made of paper.



All Correct    Bourbon Master – Pour yourself a drink and celebrate.

6-7 Correct    Bourbon Aficionado – This deserves a drink.

4-5 Correct    Bourbon Apprentice – You too should celebrate with a drink.

2-3 Correct    Bourbon Rookie – You’re trying, have a drink anyways.

0-1 Correct    Maybe you should stick to flavored vodka.


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