Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Bourbon Trail

Kentucky is well known for something beyond horses and that is bourbon whiskey. Bourbon is distilled mainly from corn and is aged in oak barrels. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is an association of whiskey distillers that offer tours at their distillery locations. Brands of the various members include Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Wild Turkey and Four Roses.

We toured the Buffalo Trace distillery, which was the closest one to the location where we were camped. Although not a formal stop on the Bourbon Trail, it is definitely one of the old order of distilleries in Kentucky. Some of their whiskey brands include Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, and Blanton's. You can see the layout of the distillery complex and view live cameras in the following link:

Our tour did not include the stills as there was a separate hard hat tour going through that area, but we did get to see specialty bottling, the barrel houses, and a tasting. Our favorites were the Bourbon Ball candies. They have a bourbon-laced creamy center, covered in chocolate, and topped with a pecan half. Yummy! We went to the Rebecca-Ruth candy factory where they are made and bought a pound box of them. We are trying not to touch them until we are back in Florida when we can share them on very special occasions.




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