This topic was suggested by our good friend and regular supporter of this series from The Big Orange, Ottery Scribe. It is really a fascinating subject, and rich with lore and tradition from the old countries. As a disclaimer, I must say that I do not really enjoy either of them except for an occasional 12 year old Old Charter, diluted with some cold water.
I actually used half a pint of bourbon just before Christmas, to plump the raisins that I use for my trademark Lizzies fruit cookie. Look back to just before Christmas for links to the recipe for them.