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Bourbon Production Reaches All-Time High

There have been a lot of rumors swirling around regarding bourbon. Some have said that there is an impending bourbon shortage. Others have said that there is no bourbon shortage. One thing certainly is true, though: Demand for good bourbon is increasing.

In what the vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council has called a “global whiskey renaissance,” the consumers’ tastes have drastically changed. Bourbon has been taking an increasingly large portion of the market share of liquor. Why? People like it.

What was once seen as a rough drink is now considered to be a refined and artisanal choice. Subsequently, makers of our nation’s original spirit are firing on all cylinders to meet the growing demand for bourbon. In fact, bourbon production is now at an all-time high.

From the Huffington Post:

According to The Washington Post, Kentucky bourbon production climbed to 1.3 million barrels in 2014, the highest level since 1970 and nearly three times as high as production in 1999.

If you like good bourbon, that’s good news. While the risk of global bourbon shortage is still out there, this increase of production means that, for the near future, there should still be enough to go around. However, as you’d probably expect, there’s a good chance that price will increase. Simple supply and demand.

Unfortunately, one can only produce so much bourbon. Because of the aging process, which can take anywhere from 15-20 years, there’s really no way to speed up the process. While some distillers have started producing legal “moonshine,” simply whiskey that isn’t aged in barrels, this isn’t the bourbon I’m looking for, so it doesn’t help me any.

Is this increase in production only a drop in the glass? Possibly, but it’s better than nothing. Here’s hoping that there’s plenty of bourbon to go around. Cheers.

[via Huffington Post]

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