Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Bourbon Trail


Officially the state drink of Kentucky is milk, but I think we all know that Kentucky is famous for its bourbon.  Recently, National Geographic named Kentucky's famed Bourbon Trail as one of its Drives of a Lifetime.  

To be officially known as bourbon, the beverage must follow a few guidelines, which you can read about here, at your leisure.  


My favorite distillery to visit is Maker's Mark in Loretto, Kentucky.  Maker's uses red winter wheat, instead of rye, in their mash.  It has a distinctive flavor and bottle.  





They fly through the assembly line.  




Where they are labeled and dipped into that famous red wax.  And yes, you may dip your own bottle during a tour.  While in the, "mash room", you may also dip your finger into the large vats of mash that ferment to make those great flavors.  




In the museum section of the tour I found that some cheeky person had dipped a few soldiers in wax.  



Makes me think a boy did this :) 




If you can't make the trip to Kentucky, don't fret!  The Maker's Mark address linked above, will give you a virtual tour.  





31 comments:

  1. the soldiers are cute. :)

    i have an opened bottle of maker's mark sitting on my bar. :) yummy in winter.

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  2. It seems like a fun place to visit. My mother-in-law and father-in-law visited there years ago and brought a bottle back to us that he had dipped in the wax. It's his favorite kind.

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  3. There's a bourbon trail in Kentucky? Shhhh - don't tell my husband - he would love this! On second thought, I wouldn't mind visiting Kentucky - and touring bourbon places might be fun...

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  4. interesting.......I am a milk lover though, so I more than likely would go with a tall glass of ice cold milk.
    have a great day

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  5. What a fun post! I want one of those bottles just for the red drippy wax!! I remember visiting the Tabasco factory at Avery Island in Louisiana.. fun to see how things like that are made. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Teresa, I really want to visit the Tabasco factory. Someday!

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  6. I always laugh at the "milk" listing. Sigh. Bourbon and Ale 8 would be better choices, eh?

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    1. Ale 8 would be my son's choice. He loves the stuff.

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  7. Hi Michelle Interesting post. Margaret

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  8. Great post: I do not drink often, but I really enjoy bourbon. By the way, it is the only liquor I have at home now. I do not know Maker's and now I am curious to try it...

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  9. Very interesting. It makes me want to grab a bottle of bourbon next time I'm in the supermarket:)

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  10. Lol, I could have done that! :-) I'm more of a Scotch malt person myself... Rarely though!

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  11. I didn't know you could tour a distillery! Will have to put this on my list to do next time we travel through Kentucky. I will also look for that red waxed bottle next time we need to restock!

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  12. if I still ate wheat and didn't take medicine with a no alcohol label on it, I'd be craving me some whiskey about now! I used to like it room temperature no rocks...makes me gasp just thinking about it!

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  13. When I was 24 I used to drink bourbon all the time....it was JIM beam then......
    Now I can't stand the stuff

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  14. Tried once many years ago, think its an acquired taste !

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  15. Milk? Pleeeeease.

    This must have been a fascinating place to visit. With a designated driver, of course.

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  16. I love factory tours, and usually if we are traveling we check to see if we are near any.

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  17. I like the soldiers too! I am not a fan of Whiskey.

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  18. Makers Mark attempted to reduce the amount of time their bourbon was in oak barrels, and there was an absolute outcry from their followers. they reversed course. It seems they cannot make enough to keep up with demand.

    Love the photos, soldiers too.

    Velva

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    1. Velva, that did cause quite a stir, especially here in KY.

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  19. Interesting place and great pictures.

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  20. I liked bourbon when I was younger not any more, maybe it a young persons drink.
    Merle......

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  21. what a combination, milk and bourbon, but then when I think about it ...

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  22. we've done the jim beam tour and it was pretty neat! i'm laughing at the wax covered soldiers....definitely a boys work!

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  23. This would be a perfect day trip for us-don't know why we don't take the time to visit.

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  24. How interesting! I didn't know that a state had an official state drink... I think Iowa would be Sioux City Sarsaparilla, which is unfortunate because I can't stand the stuff, but cool because Sioux City is my home town...

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  25. The tour sounds fun but I'm too much of a lightweigh t to drink bourbon!

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  26. We saw signs for the Bourbon Trail the last time we drove through your state, but didn't have time to detour. Next time, we will make the time!

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