American whiskeys might seem like something new. It actually is not and in this article, we will tell you the five most important American whiskeys ever made.
1783: Evan Williams
In 1783, Evan Williams made the first commercial distillery in Kentucky. It was founded in the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville. In this time, no one was making Bourbon, by its name. They were making moonshine. Nowadays, Heaven Hill makes this whiskey.
1789: Elijah Craig
Credited as the inventor of Bourbon in 1789, Elijah Craig whiskey is of the most famous American Whiskeys. This fact is however, highly debatable. Named after a Baptist preacher, nowadays Heaven Hills distils this spirit. It was craft in the honour of its inventor.
1795: Jim Beam
Currently in its seventh generation, Jim Beam is one of the most iconic Bourbon in America. In 1795, they distilled the first bottled with a secret recipe, which has remained the same for over 200 years.
1810: Old Overholt Rye
Considered the oldest whiskey brand in America, Old Overhold Rye was born in Pennsylvania in 1810. Currently the production takes place at the Jim Beam distillery in Kentucky. Even during the prohibition, Old Overhold maintained its license to product a medicinal whiskey. It has remained the only national distributor of straight rye whiskey.
1875: Jack Daniel’s
In 1875, Jack Daniel’s became one of America’s most iconic whiskeys. It is however, very different from bourbon due to the Lincoln County Process. Jack Daniel’s is the one responsible for what we know today as Tennessee Whiskey.