At VinePair, we don't need an excuse to celebrate bourbon. We drink it all year long, and so do our readers. But fall is undeniably bourbon's best season. Every year, the spirit sees a sharp climb in interest that starts in September, with sustained growth until it peaks during the holiday season, according to VinePair's Audience Insights data.

Given that September is National Bourbon Heritage Month, we've hopped onboard. This month, expect bourbon deep dives, unexpected tales, fresh recipes, and new insights into this distinctly American spirit. With 200 years of history, there's plenty to explore. Cheers! — The Editors

Bourbon 101

Bourbon is America’s whiskey. By definition, bourbon is at least 51 percent corn, produced in the United States, and aged in new, charred oak barrels for at least two years. It doesn’t, contrary to popular belief, have to be made in Kentucky.

When it comes to whiskey, it commonly comes down to bourbon vs rye or bourbon vs Scotch. There’s plenty of good bourbon out there for competitions like that, but it’s not all about ratings. Some of the best brands like Jim Beam, Four Roses, and Maker’s Mark taste just as good neat as they do in classic cocktails like the Manhattan, Mint Julep, and Old Fashioned. Read VinePair’s full bourbon guide for everything you need to know about America’s whiskey.

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