007 Drink: Unnamed Bourbon Whiskey

Drink: Unnamed Bourbon Whisky
Bond movie appearance: GoldenEye
Bond book appearance: at least in Live and Let Die, Diamonds Are Forever, Doctor No, Goldfinger, Thunderball, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Man with the Golden Gun, James Bond, The Authorized Biography of 007, GoldenEye, Zero Minus Ten, The Facts of Death, Devil May Care
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Bourbon whiskey is a type of American whiskey: a barrel-aged distilled spirit made primarily from corn. The name is ultimately derived from the French Bourbon dynasty, although it is disputed whether the namesake Kentucky county or New Orleans street inspired the whiskey’s name. Bourbon has been distilled since the 18th century. The name “Bourbon” was not applied until the 1820s, and the Kentucky etymology was not advanced until the 1870s. While the liquor may be made anywhere in the United States, it is strongly associated with the American South in general, and Kentucky in particular.

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“He walked home with the crowds, had a shower and some sleep, and then found his way to a restaurant near the sales ring and spent an hour drinking the drink that Leiter had told him was fashionable in racing circles – Bourbon and branch water. Bond guessed that in fact the water was from the tap behind the bar, but Leiter had said that real Bourbon drinkers insist on having their whisky in the traditional style, with water from high up in the branch of the local river where it will be purest. The barman didn’t seem surprised when he asked for it, and Bond was amused at the conceit.”

Ian Fleming: “Diamonds Are Forever”

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