Know the basics:

Aged 2 years minimum
40% alc. minimum
Origin: Kentucky

Become an aficionado:

Bourbon is an American whiskey distilled from at least 51% corn, and also containing rye and unmalted barley. It’s exclusively distilled in Kentucky, any other origin will be labelled as “American whiskey”. It requires continued distillation in “Coffey Still”. Bourbon has vanilla and caramel notes to its taste.