It might not be uniquely Kentuckian, but bourbon is certainly uniquely American. Its roots can be traced back to the first European colonists who discovered corn whisky was a nice alternative to rum. A new book from Louisville Historian Michael Veach traces bourbon’s influence on US history. Veach spoke with reporter Charles Compton.
Bourbon historian Michael Veach is associate curator of special collections at the Filson Historical Society. He’s author of “Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage.: It’s published by the University Press of Kentucky.