A quick snapshot of the popularity of American Whiskey is evident by examining Bourbon by the numbers. Enjoy!

Listed below is Bourbon by the Numbers

1.4 million tourists stopped at bourbon distilleries in Kentucky in 2018.

$0 is the amount of State Spirits Excise Tax charged per gallon of liquor in the state of Wyoming.  For comparison, Michigan charges $11.99 per gallon and Kentucky $7.86 per gallon.

7.5 Million Barrels of bourbon aging right now. As a comparison, the entire population of the state is 4.6 million men, women, and children.

In 2018, Kentucky had 68 distilleries up from 19 in 2009.

1.7 million barrels of bourbon were filled in Kentucky last year. Representing the highest amount since 1972.

1500 craft distilleries were in the United States in 2017. At the time, Rhode Island had two distilleries while California boasted 148.

3 billion dollars worth of bourbon is aging in Kentucky. This assessed value represents an increase of 456 million dollars over the previous year

450 million dollars is the amount of Kentucky Bourbon exported in 2017. The largest consumers of American whiskey outside of the United States are the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Spain, France, and Germany.

200 countries sell Jim Beam bourbon. It is the fourth best-selling whiskey in America and the best selling bourbon in the world. The United States, Germany, and Australia all enjoy their Beam.

1958 featured the debut of Makers Mark. Posed as Sweet and Spicy this bourbon is the 6th largest selling whiskey in America.

33 different varieties of whiskey are in production at Heaven Hill Distillery. Including flavored spirits such as Evan Williams Cherry.

32 counties in Kentucky have at least one distillery. In 2009 there were only distilleries in 8 counties.

95% of the world’s bourbon comes from Kentucky. However, according to the definition, bourbon can be made in each of the 50 states.

Stave profile number 46 was the inspiration for naming Makers Mark 46. The first new whiskey expression by the distillery since 1953.

1200 Percent is the rate of growth of American Spirits exported to China between 2001 and 2017.

$20 or less was the average cost of a bottle of bourbon in the 1990s.

2 years is the minimum aging requirement to be called straight bourbon. If the bourbon is less than 4 years old, it must have an age statement.