Originally Posted by IslandRed
Speaking of arguments over liquor, "is Jack Daniel's bourbon?" is usually a good one to toss out there. (Technically it is, but neither bourbon purists nor Tennessee whiskey makers will claim it as such.)
Jack Daniels would be called a bourbon if they put the word "bourbon" on the label. That's the only difference. They get their kicks, though, calling it Tennessee whiskey.
Legally, bourbon can come from anywhere in the US, but only Kentucky gets to put its name on there. If it's made in Kentucky, you can label it Kentucky bourbon. If it's made in New York, you can't label it "New York bourbon." We get to hold that over everybody's heads.