Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans does not have anything to do with Bourbon whiskey, it derives its name from the old name for Madagascar - the Bourbon Islands. In this recipe I do use bourbon whiskey and Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans. You can use your choice of rum, vodka, everclear, scotch, or brandy. Even flavored rums or vodkas for a special touch. Bourbon vanilla beans, from Madagascar and the Comoro Islands in the Indian Ocean, are known for having the best aroma and are sweet or buttery flavored. Give as a gift with a recipes from zaar using vanilla extract.