The short answer is no, you don’t. Read on for the long answer…
Our birthday boy Tom wanted to follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to celebrate his half century mark, so off we went. No, I am not a bourbon drinker, but I love to discover new places and learn new things, especially if I’m with fun people.
Day One on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Day Two on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Our tasting is the most educational one yet; our guide teaches us how to fully appreciate bourbon and drink it like a connoisseur. While I can’t say I was able to identify all the flavors, I did start to understand the complexity. That Kentucky Hug, though. It’s the warm sensation you get in your upper body after taking a sip, and after a dozen or so, I am losing steam.
Our final distillery is Four Roses, although we only have time for a tasting. I rally through; I am determined to finish all the tastings.
That evening we dine at Le Moo restaurant, and I am the only person who orders seafood instead of steak. This guy thanks me as we leave.
On our way back into Louisville, we take a detour over the bridge into Indiana. You know how some people make it a goal to visit each state? Some of those people are in the car with me. If you look closely, you cannot see those people because IT’S DARK and we are in the parking lot of a hospital. But they are in Indiana, so it counts, kinda.
Day Three on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
We have brunch at a great place called Toast on Market, and then the guys visit one more distillery, Angel’s Envy. Like Evan Williams, it’s in downtown Louisville, so while they walk there, the girls walk the other way and do some shopping. Then we head to the one place you must visit that’s not on the Bourbon Trail – Churchill Downs.