Bourbon explained in 140 words- more or less
Bourbon is defined by the U.S. Government as “whisky produced at not exceeding 160° proof from a fermented mash of not less than 51 percent corn and stored at not more than 125° proof in charred new oak containers.
Also, bourbon whisky cannot have coloring, flavoring, or blending materials. Further, bourbon whiskey is a distinctive product of the United States.” While Bourbon can be made outside of Kentucky it cannot be made outside of the United States according to federal standards. The mash must be 51% corn for the whiskey to be considered Bourbon. It is debated if the name of Bourbon came from Bourbon Street in New Orleans or Bourbon County in Kentucky. There is no minimum aging for Bourbon, but the Bourbon does have to be aged in charred oak barrels that have never been used before.