Saturday, October 11, 2014

Kentucky - The Bourbon Trail

We're here in Bardstown, Kentucky - The Bourbon Capital of the World!  Kentucky is  a beautiful place with lots of green grass, mature trees and rolling hills.   Bardstown is the 2nd oldest city in Kentucky, founded in 1780.  It's also home to Federal Hill - the inspiration to 'My Old Kentucky Home'. 

This is the Welcome Center.  It's situated in the center of a traffic circle in the downtown area. 

Downtown Bardstown -voted one of America's best small downtown areas.


We took a tour of Heaven Hill Bourbon distillery - one of five distilleries in town.  It's the largest family owned bourbon distillery in the world.  It's only second to Jim Beam when it comes to production and sales.  The large white buildings in the background are the warehouses.  They store and age the barrels of spirit in 42 of these buildings.

Each warehouse stores 25,000 barrels.  And there are about 42 warehouses...Some of these barrels remain for 18 years to age properly.

Of course we sampled some bourbon. 


Becca said...

Wow, so interesting! I think I might have liked some of those bourbons...after all I've been known to enjoy and "old fashioned" once in a while. Enjoy!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...