Bourbon Pilgrimage 2016
Happy Easter! I was in Kentucky for a few days to visit family and tour the Bourbon trail. Here are a few highlights from my trip.
I started the weekend off right with Freddie Johnson's tour at Buffalo Trace. Freddie is a national treasure- his family history, encyclopedic memory, and unbelievable wit are worth the drive through Tennessee. I was honored to spend time walking with and listening to him between tours.
My father-in-law and I supported the local economy by visiting every Liquor Barn (and Liquor Barn Express) in Lexington. We did good. Note the old stuff in the back...that's not from Liquor Barn. More to follow this week on the antique whiskey.
We drove from Lexington to Louisville by way of Millville, Kentucky. We zipped down McCracken Pike, past Woodford Reserve's massive new warehouses, and stopped on the side of the road to check out Marianne Barnes' progress at Old Taylor. Jon Carloftis' sunken garden is amazing. I can't wait to go back when the place is really humming.
Just beyond the renewed energy of Old Taylor is the abandoned but historic Old Crow Distillery, once the heart of National Distillers Corp. (e.g. Old Grand Dad, Bourbon DeLuxe, Sunny Brook). It is an eery site, and with the exception of some warehouses, appears to be beyond repair.
In Louisville, we toured the new Michter's Distillery with some whiskey heroes. The place is running full blast. I'll post again this week with more details.
Joe Magliocco recently bought the 1976 alembic pot stills and several old cypress fermenters from the Pennsylvania Michter's distillery. You can read about them here. Yes, I agreed to wear a hair net and safety goggles. Joe doesn't need a hair net...
We drank some Michter's whiskey. Willie Pratt's white dog is super, especially the rye.
After lunch, I wandered down to the Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. to see if they'd show me around. The lady in the gift shop let me in, but they're only open from Wednesday-Saturday for tours. I'll put it on the list for next time. Back to reality.