September is National Bourbon Month!
To The Islands
A Double Tribute
Spirit of Peoria
driven through Kentucky countless times,
never having a clue as to what treasures were to be
be found within its borders. But on this
particular occasion, we had narrowed our focus to a relatively small number
of things to do and see... Even so, five days "on
location" yielded an incredible wealth of information -- not the least of
which was what we gleaned from our tour of the bourbon trail. The articles
below may only scratch the surface, but the story of bourbon is one which
should serve as a call to head to the Wonder State
to see, smell and taste for yourself,
the ambrosia called: Bourbon!
It's the Water
so much more than just caves associated with the Bluegrass State. In a
very long list of activities and attractions available in nine
different areas of the state -- selected for geographical and
other similarities -- one could easily include such diverse
interests as horses (Kentucky Derby Festival, Louisville),
Daniel Boone, the Civil War and even bourbon... at the very
Go Climb a Rock...
The rain that had taken a break and allowed us to observe some
of the workouts began anew, and a cold wind added to the
discomfort, so we packed it in and headed east and south to
Natural Bridge State Park...
Whisky for My
Horses... Water for My Men
By now the whisky was
calling me instead of my horses; we had two distilleries that we wanted to
check out in the Lexington area. Unfortunately we only had time for
one tour today, and
Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg would...
Musket Balls and the
Mark of a Maker
The bright sun and
green grass almost covered two things on this March day: the biting
wind with its resulting frigid chill, and the eerie sense that
there were screams and desperate cries that accompanied the roar
of cannon and flash of muskets still carrying across the
A Brief History of
The making of whisky had
actually been around in this country for quite awhile -- having
been brought to PA by the Scotch-Irish -- and almost everyone
seemed to know how to make it. Even George Washington made
the stuff! So when did it get to be so special? And
what is the difference between whisky and bourbon anyway?
How Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Is Made...
Now we're getting somewhere! The liquid is distilled again
and the result is a product that is fifty to sixty percent (100
-120 proof) ABV and referred to as "high wine". A final
distillation, creating an even cleaner and crisper result, delivers what is
affectionately called "white dog" -- with the kick of a mule -- and up to
79% ABV or 158 proof.