Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Very Busy Day

Mia and I got up early this morning to take a fairly long day trip from our KOA in Paducah to the Makers Mark Distillery in Loretto, three hundred and eighty some miles round trip.  It was worth every minute of the several hours it took us to come and go.    Interstate 69 is under construction here in Kentucky as the highway base is being removed and repaved so there are several occasions along the way when the highway drops to 45 mph and one lane.  Traffic cones are our new friends.

While on the subject of traffic, driving and the differences between the South and up North where we come from, I offer the following observations.  In the Northwest we have signs that warn us of impeding ice conditions on bridge surfaces.
Here in the south the warning is a little different.
Another one is the issue of fallen rocks verses falling rocks.  In the North we seem to be concerned with rocks falling on us.

Here in the South they seem more concerned with the rocks that have already fallen.
Enough of that.

We spent the day at the Distillery.  We took the tour with Aggie who filled us with so much information that we walked into the tasting room on sensory overload.  The property is beautiful and the facilities are fantastic and this small distillery now supplies all 50 states and a good portion of the rest of the world with their product, all from this one location.

After the tour we went to the tasting room for a lesson in tasting the good stuff.  Our tour guide taught us to look, smell and taste four different bourbons that come from their operation.

In the tasting room we found four glasses with different forms of Makers Mark.  The first one on the left is something called Maker's White.  Definitely a non-mature Bourbon that burns on contact.  High volumes of alcohol.  Makers Mark Fully Mature is the finished product made after the Maker's White has sat in charred oak barrels for seven years.  A very good bourbon that smells of caramel and vanilla and tastes very sweet unlike most other bourbon that I can recall tasting.  The newest Maker's Mark is 46 and it is without a doubt my favorite.  Sweet and tasty developed by the son of the original owner before he retired so that he would leave his mark on the company.  The last glass is Maker's Mark Cask Strength and I really didn't care for it.

Mia and I thoroughly enjoyed our day at the distillery.

While working with the folks at Carter Subaru I met a gentleman named Eddy who was an excellent parts counter person.  Today on the way back to the trailer, I found out that Eddy has a town named after him.
That's it, all I've got.  Hope all is well and thanks for stopping by.

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