Along the Trail … the Bourbon Trail, that is.

Beautiful photography and post describing Maker’s Mark tour and Kentucky visit. DSC_5828-2

TNWA Photography

On our finale to our cross country drive and cycling vacation, we had one last stop to make in Kentucky.  See, our son-in-law Mitchell was on a job assignment up there, and we just had to stop in and check it out.  You know, it’s a tough job, but he was up in Kentucky and working on an expansion for Jim Beam … yep, that one … of the Kentucky Bourbon fame!
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As soon as we entered the Jim Beam property, we saw the iconic Jim Beam building and these greenish buildings, which are called rickhouses.  They store the barrels of bourbon-to-be during their aging process.  I’m telling you, I was quite impressed with the number of these buildings … man, there’s a lot of bourbon going on!  In fact, bourbon is going through quite an explosion in its popularity.  In 1964, bourbon was declared as “America’s Native Spirit” through…

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Copper & Kings Brandy

A great review of the tour through Copper & Kings, American Brandy Company in Louisville, Kentucky. Copper & Kings Barrel Aging

Winters in Kentucky

Well, it turns out that Bourbon isn’t the only thing that’s going on in Louisville as far as locally produced spirits go.  There is a resurgence of all varieties of alcohol, and Copper & Kings is cornering the market here for Brandy and Absinthe.  Sourcing a local coppersmith, the owners ordered a set of copper stills and started experimenting with the art of brandy making.

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