A spirit has bourgeoned around bourbon over the past five years. Small-batch brewing, new brands, accent flavors and pop culture prominence have contributed to a global influx of bourbon consumption. Kentucky produces 95 percent of all bourbon, and the state has not hesitated to capitalize on growing interest around the spirit. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a tour of eight distilleries across the state, and participants can fill passports by collecting stamps at each stop. Click through the map below to see how many Bourbon Trail passport holders come from each state.
Check out the eight distilleries featured on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in the slideshow below. The experience was coordinated by the Kentucky Distillers' Association in 1999 and is organized as an immersive three-day tour. About 2.5 million visitors from the United States and 25 other countries have taken the Kentucky Bourbon Tour over the past five years.
References to bourbon in pop culture are widely credited for contributing to the rising popularity of bourbon in the United State and abroad. Scroll through the slideshow below for examples of bourbon in some of your favorite TV shows, movies and music.
Bourbon makes spectacular drinks but can also be used in cooking and baking. Roll over the images below to reveal nine fun bourbon-based recipes.