A few months ago, Complex spoke with a representative of a Scottish distillery about the national whisky of that beautiful country: scotch. Today we turn our attention to a special American product.

Bourbon, along with jazz, hip-hop, and Lil B, is one of America's great exports. Notably sweeter than other whiskies, a great bourbon is like a glass of burnt vanilla—except when it's not. Every distiller of bourbon takes a slightly different approach, and it's up to the drinker to decide which flavor profile best suits his palate. But to make such a decision, you need the proper knowledge.

We spoke with Fred Noe, Seventh-Generation Jim Beam Family Distiller, to gain a better understanding of the drink his bloodline has been perfecting since 1795.

Here are 10 things every guy should know about bourbon.

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