5/20/2013 11:00:00 AM

Whiskey Hunting: Your Guide to 8 Distilleries Along the Whiskey and Bourbon Trails

Jim Beam pouring from barrel by Linnea Covington

Whether you follow the strict guidelines of the American Whiskey Trail and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, or go off on your own to visit distilleries off the beaten path, the main goal of this jaunt remains the same - drink whiskey. First, what is the difference between whiskey and bourbon? Bourbon has to be made with 51% corn and gets aged in a new, white oak barrel, and whiskey does not. An easy way to remember is this: All bourbons are whiskies, but not all whiskies are bourbons, and let's not forget the glories of rye. On that note, here are eight distilleries, one in Washington DC, two in Tennessee, and five in Kentucky that are worth checking out for their whiskey, rye, bourbon and in many cases, some remarkable history.

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