A few weeks ago I posted some questions about the bourbon trail and got some good feedback so I thought it would be appropriate to update on the trip... since there's still too many days till Zug begins his ascension to complete trancendence.
We only had a day and a half in KY and one of those days was Monday. Apparently KY closes on Monday. 3 distilleries weren't open, half of downtown Bardstown was closed but we went to Makers Mark, and got in a quick 9 holes at My Old KY Home State Park.
MM was beautiful - like somebody painted a picture and then plopped it in the middle of a tiny valley. The tour was cool but not very in depth. Tasting after included some white dog (distilled and pre barrell) as well as the real stuff. Definitely picturesque and the wifester really enjoyed it. The staff was extra friendly and went out of their way to make us an anniversary presentation bottle on the spot. And of course dipping your own bottle in wax was cool too. My ambassador barrel will be ready next spring so I can't wait to get back.
Tuesday we made reservations at Woodford reserve for the Corn to Cork tour. Absolutely fabulous. Just us and one other couple with a tour guide for 2.5 hrs (compared to about 45 mins at MM). We saw everything. EVERYTHING. Coolest part was pulling a pitcher out of the fermentation vat and then distilling it in their lab. We tasted at every stage in the process and even got to hammer the bung into a barrell. SUPER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Well I've gone on way too long, but thanks to everybody who offered suggestions for the trip and I'll have some cool pictures to post tomorrow - including a ride through SEC country and a scouting report on the Tuscaloosa area we went through on the way home.