Tuesday, April 22, 2008

On the Bourbon Trail


Spent the weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. It is Bourbon country, home of the Kentucky Derby, the REAL DEAL. Mint juleps and sassy Southern gals galore. Can you think of a better way to Passover with the fam? We quite enjoyed ourselves, actually. LV is incredibly mellow, full of nice, people and plenty of parking spaces. Being there I realized how traumatized we are living in Miami, with the overcrowded everything and the Darwinian fight for resources - parking, restaurant tables, grocery store lines. Going to the mall there was actually pleasant; it was practically empty. I imagine that's what visiting diplomats feel when public places are cleared out for them.

4 comments:

Blind Mind said...

GET THE F OUTTA HERE!

Im headed to Louisville on business at the end of May and Im flying my dad out to go on a tour of bourbon distilleries! He declined a trip to the Derby for this reason - its over in less than 5 minutes LOL.

You definitely shouldve let me know you were going! Id have told you to skip Beam (because most of their brands are blah and I dont even consider Jim Beam to be bourbon - however, they do make my favorite everyday bourbon - Basil Hayden - a must try if you enjoy bourbon) and wouldve had you headed to Buffalo Trace distillery (if you didnt mind a 90 minute drive) or Maker's Mark (where I proudly have my name on a barrel :)). Yeah, Im a bit of a bourbon connoisseur...

Did you go to the Beam distillery or am I just assuming because of the pic? And yes, Louisville is down home country good times. The people are great, the bbq is killer, and Im a sucker for a cute woman with a southern accent...

sara said...

bm- I totally thought of you as I know you take bourbon quite seriously. Should've known you had your must-see's in the bourbon mecca. We did visit Jim Beam as it was the closest and we were at the mercy of our hospitable in-laws who graciously drove us around but I didn't want to go overboard. I definitely want to go back to and *taste* more!

Blind Mind said...

Yeah, I figured distace/convenience was an issue. Again, I recommend picking up a bottle of Basil Hayden. Its about $32-$40 depending on where you find it and its a phenomenal bourbon. Incredibly smooth and meant to be consumed "neat" or on the rocks (6 or less!) Woodford Reserve is a good substitute if you cant find it because its similar in smoothness and flavor and a little more common.

Im heading to the Maker's Mark distillery and the Buffalo Trace distillery. I cant wait for Buffalo Trace. They have the Pappy Van Winkle brand there which holds the #1 and #2 spot for best bourbon in the world (23yr and 20yr respectively). God, Im at the airport and all this bourbon talk is making my mouth water. Time to head to the bar for a quick pop...

Michelle said...

Glad you had a good time in Louisville. Come back again soon.

BM: if you need any info about Louisville or things to do other than your Bourbon tours then I'm your girl. Just let me know.