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.