While bourbon by definition does not have to be made in Kentucky, 95 percent of it is. It’s an $8.5 billion industry for the commonwealth, and there are many reasons for that. Not only does Kentucky offer the perfect conditions for making bourbon—the right climate and limestone water sources—but we have the history, the innovation and the future. Bourbon isn’t just a brown spirit in a glass, it’s a way of life for many distillers and distilleries who practice time-honored traditions passed down generation to generation.

In this compilation, “The art of bourbon: An Insider’s look at Kentucky distilleries,” Insider Louisville looks behind the scenes at some of Kentucky’s most distinguished distilleries — big and small — that are perfecting the art of bourbon.

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