Originally Posted by WildcatFan
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.
You can still call a New York bourbon a "bourbon" however, so long as it meets the requirements of a bourbon. A bourbon does not need to be created in Kentucky to be a bourbon.