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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Bourbon Trail: Day 1

Whew... sorry for the extended absense! There has been a lot going on that has kept me away from the blog-o-sphere lately. Little C.B. suffered a broken jaw that required a surgery, he is recovering nicely :)

A few weekends ago, Hubby and I, with our good friends Joe and Leigh, traveled along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Our first stop was Woodford Reserve:
The Woodford Reserve visitor's center.  The tour costs $7 a piece and includes a tasting at the end.  We only waited a few minutes before our tour group was called to meet outside.

Leigh and Joe on the bus down to our tour.  They are all ready with their ear pieces in place!
The tour started with an explanation of the grains that go into Woodford's recipe.  Their amount of rye is higher than most other bourbons which gives is a spicey tastse.


Lots-o-barrels
Fermenting... sugars are slowly turning into alcohol

Close up of the plaque.

Woodford's delicious small batch bourbon is triple distilled in these gorgeous copperpot stills.  These gigantic beauties came all the way from Scotland and cost a pretty penny.


Here are some of the aging barrels
For some reason this photo won't upload in the right direction, sorry!  The tour was about 45 minutes long, the Woodford grounds were just lovely.  At the end, we were able to enjoy a taste of the bourbon along with a bourbon ball.  We also got to keep the souvenir glass.


Up next we drove to the Four Roses Distillery

Here I am, lost among the barrels

Four Roses had a lot of their old products on display which I really enjoyed. 

The tour began with a movie about Four Rose's Bourbon making process

pretty!

The buildings are spanish Mission style

Ferment!


Some of the old bourbon tasting tools

The many roses on their grounds were very ejoyable.

Miss Leigh on the barrel swing.
The four roses tour was free and included a tasting at the end.  We were able to try the Four Roses bourbon that is only sold in Japan, the regular Four Roses Bourbon, and the Single Barrel Bourbon (YUM!).


After Four Roses, we checked into our Bed and Breakfast in Versailles, KY:

The B&B (the Montgomery Inn) was adorable, antiques everywhere!

This daybed was in our BATHROOM, it was huge!  To the left was a jacuzzi bath tub.  To the right was a large vanity.

We found a nice place for dinner... we all ate until we couldn't move.

After dinner we strolled along the streets of Versailles and found these rocking chairs.

View of the town

another view of the town

Hubby enjoying the nice evening.

A tired yet happy Lindsay

After heading back to the B&B, we all watched Jurassic Park and sipped on wine... what a fun day!  Up next is the Maker's Mark distillery and the Bourbon Festival.