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Congress: Bourbon an American Beverage

Sept. 11, 1962 - The House of Representatives today expressed its view to the world that Bourbon whisky can only be produced in America. With only brief discussion, the House approved and sent to the Senate a resolution urging government agencies to bar the import of foreign-made whiskies labeled “Bourbon” unless the country of origin is carried on the label as part of the name. The resolution notes that Great Britain has staked a claim to Scotch whisky, Canada has taken steps to protect the name Canadian whisky, and the French insist that brandy labeled Cognac come from that section of France. Representative John Watts, a Democrat, who represents Bourbon County, Kentucky, sponsored the resolution.

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