Monday, December 29, 2014

KY Part 4: From Bluegrass to Bourbon

After spending the first half of our week off in northwestern Kentucky which is "Bluegrass country", we headed east over to the Appalachians and stopped off in Bourbon country, Frankfort!
This was one of those unplanned stops where Mark took a turn off of the interstate and just kept driving.  Turned out to be a great stop!  We took a tour of Buffalo Trace and got to see bourbon in the making!

 Yes, buffalo used to roam these parts...and so did Daniel Boone and other early American pioneers!
 The buildings were old but kept up very well.
 Our guide told us that "all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon."  Bourbon has to be made in America (most of it in Kentucky), 52% of it has to be corn, and it needs to ferment in new, charred oak barrels.
 We saw one of the many warehouses where the bourbon sits for several  years.

 Aren't these barrel stools neat?
 At the end of the tour, everyone got to taste the bourbon...or the root beer!  I actually tasted the bourbon.  It BURNED in my throat! It had a little sweetness in it, but I don't see how anyone could drink very much of it without having a rotted-out throat.  The bourbon creme, however, was a like an ice cream drink and VERY good:)
 There are several varieties of bourbon due to the different ways that they age, from stone to brick to wooden to metal buildings.  Most of the bourbon is bottled and corked by hand.
 Buffalo Trace is the most award-winning distillery in the world! From the 1790s...probably the oldest business I've ever seen.
 We also took a trolley tour of Kentucky's capital.  Lots of beautiful historic buildings in Frankfort!

 The Kentucky River....
...a neat old town! Now on to our cabin in Campton!


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