Kentucky Bourbon Country
Going to Bourbon country...the area with all the distilleries for a few days of sightseeing.
Plan on visiting Heaven Hill,Jim Beam,Makers Mark Wild Turkey and Woodford...Any bourbon makers I am missing or should sample ? FYI my favorite is Bookers, which is made by
Jim Beam...Any sound advice appreciated...
Buffalo Trace (Pappy van Winkle 20 yr old is my favorite) was a great tour and when we were there in July the sampling room had their new Buffalo Trace Cream liquor which was better than any Irish Cream I have tasted. Buffalo Trace is close to the downtown area of Frankfort so be sure to hit Capital Cellars Wine and Spirits Cafe. They gave me a healthy pour of 5 bourbons of my choice, from a list of about 30, for like 15 dollars. The "bartender" was an expat from England who was both knowledgeable and entertaining. For those that don't like bourbon (yet) but they had flights of both red and white wines for $6 per flight. My wife doesn't like bourbon so we hit a couple of wineries in addition to the distilleries. I also highly recommend Holly HIll Inn for dinner and Cleveland's inside the Woodford Inn for lunch.
Call Woodford Reserve and make reservations for their Corn to Cork tour. It takes 2.5-3 hours but they take you through the entire distillation process and offer tastings of the product along the way. It was our favorite part of the trip!
We did the tour of all eight distilleries on the Bourbon Trail this week (just finished today, in fact) and it was a lot of fun. Be prepared - the trip to Makers Mark takes you on single-lane windy roads through the hills and the drive can be a bit harrowing!
I thought Woodford was kind of boring. They only make one bourbon which I like, but there is no variety to taste like the other distilleries. Buffalo Trace is huge and would have been interesting if we had made the time to tour it. I liked Four Roses the best. You don't see many Spanish style distilleries.
There is a liquor store down the street from Buffalo Trace (Capital Liquor, I think). If you call ahead they can set up a bourbon tasting for you. Well worth the cost.