Will and I were beyond fortunate to join some friends in Kentucky this past weekend to experience the Bourbon Trail! I'm not a bourbon drinker, but the guys are, so us gals were lucky to tag along for the ride.
|Mint Julep, the tour bus|
We loaded back on the bus and headed towards Jim Beam. We didn't do a tour here, but did some samplings. It was beautiful countryside, but my least favorite visit. It was very commercialized and not personal with a machine giving you the sample. Still a cool place to check out though. Then, we headed to lunch at The Old Talbott Tavern. It was pretty tasty - got some good bar food (fried pickles, fried green tomatoes) and a salad.
Our 3rd stop was at Willett. We did a tour and got to see some of the cooking take place and the rickhouse. Our tour group was a little large, but not too bad. After we got to have some samples as well. We got to chose 2 of their house labels to try.
|Doesn't look so yummy in this phase|
|Some hams aging in the rickhouse|
Our 4th and final stop was at Heaven Hill. We got there a bit early for our scheduled tasting so we sat in the bus and enjoyed a few cocktails :) Heaven Hill was definitely was very nice and everything seemed clean and new. There wasn't a tour there as that was not where the actual distilling occurs. But we visited the gift shop and then sampled some of their labels. It was a big group but we all had tables iso it was still just our immediate group together, which we enjoyed.
We then headed back to the hotel so we could relax a bit and get ready for dinner. We ate at The Mayan Cafe. It was a very eclectic menu...my favorite thing was the cocktail the waitress suggested...no clue what it was, but I liked it! We enjoyed a nightcap back at the hotel before calling it a night.
We were all so excited that we could sleep in on Sunday! I think I got at least 10 hours of sleep! We meet for Brunch at The Brown Hotel. Then, we headed out for Copper & Kings - a brandy distillery. They had my favorite decor :) We got to sample here as well (brandy & absinthe)! We went back to the hotel to grab our luggage and head to the airport.
We had a slight delay with the snow so we missed our connection, but still made it home, just a few hours later. What a fabulous weekend with great friends!! I can't wait to go back and finish the trail!!
|Haven't seen this view at an airport in a long time!|
And of a CF note, I was on my Cayston cycle, so this girl did her treatments on the bus in between distilleries!! Woohoo!! The Vest didn't get invited to join on this trip - lol.