National Bourbon Day is celebrated every year in the United States on June 14 to recognize "America's Native Spirit."

Bourbon, a type of American whiskey made primarily from corn, derives its name from a county in Kentucky. Bourbon whiskey has to meet the following criteria to earn its name –

  • The spirit should be 51% corn and must be stored in new charred oak barrels
  • It should be distilled at 160 proof and barreled at 125 proof
  • Manufacturers can label the whiskey "Bourbon" only if it is distilled in the U.S.

On the occasion of National Bourbon Day, here are a few quotes about the spirit, courtesy AZ Quotes -

  • "I was brought up to believe that Scotch whisky would need a tax preference to survive in competition with Kentucky bourbon." – Hugo Black
  • "A man can take a little bourbon without getting drunk, but if you hold his mouth open and pour in a quart, he's going to get sick on it." – Lyndon Johnson
  • "I know folks all have a tizzy about it, but I like a little bourbon of an evening. It helps me sleep. I don't much care what they say about it." – Lillian Gordy Carter
  • "Nothing is so musical as the sound of pouring bourbon for the first drink on a Sunday morning. Not Bach or Schubert or any of those masters." – Carson McCullers
  • "The only way that I could figure they could improve upon Coca-Cola, one of life's most delightful elixirs, which studies prove will heal the sick and occasionally raise the dead, is to put bourbon in it." – Lewis Grizzard
  • "How well I remember my first encounter with The Devil's Brew. I happened to stumble across a case of bourbon – and went right on stumbling for several days thereafter." – WC Fields
  • "It is impossible that had Buonaparte descended from a race of vegetable feeders that he could have had either the inclination or the power to ascend the throne of the Bourbons." – Percy Bysshe Shelley

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