On the Bourbon Trail:
September is National Bourbon Month!
through Kentucky countless times, never having a clue as to what treasures
were to be
be found within its borders.
But on this particular occasion, we
had narrowed our focus to a relatively small number of
to do and see... Even so, five days "on location" yielded
an incredible wealth of information -- not the least of which was what
we gleaned from our tour of the bourbon trail. The articles below may
only scratch the surface, but the story of bourbon is one which should
serve as a call to head to the
State to see, smell and
taste for yourself,
the ambrosia called: Bourbon!
It's the Water
much more than just caves associated with the Bluegrass State.
In a very
long list of activities and attractions available in nine different
areas of the state -- selected for geographical and other similarities
-- one could easily include such diverse interests as horses
(Kentucky Derby Festival, Louisville), Daniel Boone, the Civil
War and even bourbon... at the very least.
Go Climb a Rock...
that had taken a break and allowed us to observe some of the
workouts began anew, and a cold wind added to the discomfort,
so we packed it in and headed east and south to Natural Bridge
Whisky for My Horses... Water for
the whisky was calling me instead of my horses; we had two distilleries
that we wanted to check out in the Lexington area. Unfortunately
we only had time for one tour today, and Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg
Musket Balls and the Mark of a Maker
The bright sun and green grass
covered two things on this March day: the biting wind with its
resulting frigid chill, and the eerie sense that there were
screams and desperate cries that accompanied the roar of cannon
and flash of muskets still carrying across the valleys...
An Urban Bourbon Weekend
arrived in the downtown area, where we would stay at
Seelbach Hotel and enjoy a cocktail at the
-- supposedly where Al Capone had once also imbibed.
There was also an obligatory stop at the Maker's Mark Lounge
in downtown Louisville...
A Brief History of Bourbon
of whisky had actually been around in this country for quite
awhile -- having been brought to PA by the Scotch-Irish -- and
almost everyone seemed to know how to make it. Even George
Washington made the stuff! So when did it get to be so
special? And what is the difference between whisky and
How Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
getting somewhere! The liquid is distilled again and the
result is a product that is fifty to sixty percent (100 -120
proof) ABV and referred to as "high wine". A
final distillation, creating an even cleaner and crisper result,
delivers what is affectionately called "white dog"
-- with the kick of a mule -- and up to 79% ABV or 158 proof.