As the old saying goes, "If it's not Scottish, it's crap. Except when it's bourbon." Or something like that. And it was just corroborated by famed British critic and booze expert Jim Murray, who told The Telegraph that, “Generally speaking, bourbon… has overtaken Scotch. The best whisky is coming not from Scotland anymore, but from Kentucky.”
Though most people in Kentucky might be reticent to take a compliment from some foofie Britwriter who can't even spell "cue," Murray heaps praise on Kentucky's finest export in the article, making a case for Buffalo Trace as the best distillery in the world, and citing bourbon distillers' tendency to use virgin barrels for aging as a key contributor to quality.