Bourbon Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old bourbon quotes, bourbon sayings, and bourbon proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Whiskey is by far the most popular of all remedies that won't cure a cold. Jerry Vale
I like my whisky old and my women young. Errol Flynn
Always drink your whiskey with your gun hand, to show your friendly intentions. Scottish Klondiker Proverb
Bourbon does for me what the piece of cake did for Proust. Walker Percy
Whisky is liquid sunshine. George Bernard Shaw
There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren't as good as others. Raymond Chandler
There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren't as good as others. Raymond Chandler
Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough. Mark Twain
Logic, like whiskey, loses its beneficial effect when taken in too large quantities. Lord Dunsany
Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it's time to drink. Haruki Murakami
Courage is a vitamin best swallowed with whiskey. Jarod Kintz
If I cannot drink Bourbon and smoke cigars in Heaven than I shall not go. Mark Twain
Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake. W. C. Fields
If it's not bourbon or sweatpants, it's going in the garbage. No, don't get creative. Now is not a creative time. Now is a bourbon and sweatpants time. Justin Halpern
A man can take a little bourbon without getting drunk, but if you hold his mouth open and pour in a quart, he's going to get sick on it. Lyndon B. Johnson
Creativity is 80% bourbon and 20% ice. Jack Doom
One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer. John Lee
Bourbon, though, is a shapeshifter. It can be a refined drink or it can be rough, depending on how it's served and who's drinking it. Reid Mitenbuler
Bourbon connects us to a past that was somehow less complicated, and we've turned to it for relief from modern confusion. Reid Mitenbuler
Bourbon is a comfort food. As the world becomes more complex, bourbon remains simple--its foundation is little more than a balanced combination of grains, mostly composed of corn, that us fermented and distilled into alcohol. Reid Mitenbuler
Bourbon refuses to be rushed--drinking it is an exercise in slow sipping, just letting the concentrated bursts of honey, spice, and vanilla flavors unwind on your tongue. Reid Mitenbuler
But even though bourbon connects us to the bedrock values of our past, the stories used to establish our ideas of heritage and authenticity are not always what they seem, as the story behind the 1964 resolution demonstrates. Reid Mitenbuler
The story of bourbon is recorded in many lively pages of our history. American whisky is intimately associated with valor and splendor and the graces of life; with villainy and folly. Gerald Carson
Tobacco farming is on its way out, and the state's dominance in the horse industry has been losing ground. But bourbon is here to stay. Edward Lee
Bourbon may be the new favorite of the bold young mixologists of today, but it is still made by the same kind of resilient people who have kept it alive for all these generations. Edward Lee
Blackberries and thyme are a great pairing, and they paly nicely together with the bourbon. This is elegant contemporary, and a great way to celebrate an old classic. Edward Lee
The gift of bourbon does not end with the libation. The old barrels still have an abundance of flavor let in them, and they are used to add a bourbon touch to everything from scotch to beer to hot sauce. Edward Lee
Bourbon transcends ingredients and brand names. It embodies a culture, a feeling, and a sense of unity that draws friends together and brings foes to peace. Fred Minnick
But with greatness comes misunderstanding. Despite being a core piece of Americana and instrumental in the US tax economy, bourbon is the most misunderstood product on liquor store shelves. Fred Minnick
Bourbon itself has no age requirement, but to be labeled straight bourbon it must be at least two years old. Fred Minnick
All bourbon us whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. Fred Minnick
We are living in perhaps the most exciting time in bourbon history, both from a business perspective and because of the wealth of consumer options. Fred Minnick
Bourbon signifies coming together with family and friends, slowing down to savor moments of sweetness and joy. Celebration. Connection. Reward. Lynn Marie Hulsman
One sip of warming bourbon gives me a Christmassy feeling, the spicy heat teasing out memories of the fragrant liquor. Lynn Marie Hulsman
Bourbon was a natural partner to the sweet and bitter nuances of this holiday favorite. Lynn Marie Hulsman
Bourbon is Kentucky's true state drink. Lynn Marie Hulsman
I enjoy pairing bourbon with foods that offer a black slate, so both the aroma and the flavor have the chance to pop. Lynn Marie Hulsman
For distillers, summer is the season when whiskey warms in the warehouse intermingling with the toasted oak of the never-used barrels and absorbing the flavors of vanilla, cloves, coconut, and caramel. The flavors gained in this process make bourbon unique in the whiskey-making world. Albert W.A. Schmid
Summer is also when corn, bourbon's primary ingredient, is grown. Albert W.A. Schmid
Good corn also makes good bourbon. Albert W.A. Schmid
For the bourbon drinker, a highlight of summer is bourbon served over ice and the food that goes with it. Albert W.A. Schmid
Bourbon whiskey is many things to many people--a family business, an ingredient in mint juleps, Kentucky's signature industry. Berkeley Scott
Bourbon can be made in other states, but Kentucky has not only the tradition of fine bourbon-making, but also the perfect climate conditions and natural resources needed for excelling at the production of bourbon. Berkeley Scott
Bourbon is no longer made in the country that gave the amber-colored whiskey its name. Berkeley Scott
There's nothing mysterious about the art of tasting bourbon. Some bourbons are best enjoyed neat, others with a splash of water; still others lend themselves to mixing cocktails. Susan Reigler
Bourbon whisky is the best brown liquor on God's green earth. It comes from fermenting grains such as corn, wheat, rye, and barley. Editors of Southern Living Magazine
Whisky has but three ingredients: water, grain, and yeast. But it's how bourbon whisky is distilled and aged that truly sets it apart as the great American spirit. Editors of Southern Living Magazine