The Fifty Best Bourbon Tasting of 2015. Best Bourbon - The True American Spirit. It doesn’t get any more American than bourbon. Although its origins are debated, bourbon most likely got its name from Bourbon County to honor the French Royal Family. Located in the central Bluegrass region of Kentucky, the area once housed the major shipping ports for distilled spirits heading down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans, so Bourbon and Whiskey soon became synonymous.