BOOK & DRAM
Are you interested in touring some Kentucky bourbon distilleries? There are now quite a few of them to hit in the Bluegrass State. How do you go about attacking the task of visiting your favorite distilleries? All of the planning can be a bit overwhelming. Thankfully, Drew Hannush has a new 2020 published book to help you figure it out all out. Hannush’s book is titled “Whiskey Lore’s Travel Guide to Experiencing Kentucky Bourbon.” The book helps you figure out and account for all of the logistics of touring. If you’re interested in hiring a tour guide company, the contact information for several companies is provided. If you prefer navigating on your own, Hannush has your back. The book covers most of the distilleries on the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the B-Line, and non-affiliated operations.
The book starts with assuming that you are a novice to bourbon and don’t understand a lot of the lingo. Hannush gives a brief and helpful discussion of the language and topics that are going to be covered at most Kentucky distilleries. With Hannush’s help, you won’t feel clueless or lost as your tour guide speaks. This section also includes a brief history of bourbon.
The bulk of the book will appeal to you whether or not you’re a novice or a seasoned bourbon buff. The bulk of the book gives you the quick hitters on each distillery. You’re given a brief history of the distillery/brand. With each distillery, you’re given something to listen for or watch for on the tour that makes it unique from all of the other tours you’re going to take. There is certainly a lot of content overlap from tour to tour, so Hannush helps you look for what is different. Hannush details what the tasting experience will be and whether or not a keepsake is provided, such as a glass. Each distillery is given a “how to get there” section. Each distillery also comes with a “side trip” section for other things you might want to see or do while in the area. Also extremely helpful, the book tells you the next two closest distilleries to each distillery. Most importantly, the book sums up each distillery with the Top 3 Reasons to Visit.
If you’re from Kentucky, you may have a more firm grasp on how to plan trips yourself. If you’re traveling to Kentucky and you’re not intimately familiar with the state, this book is going to save you a lot of time and stress. This is a book you want!
Kentucky Par is a relatively new released sourced Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with a 12 year age statement. There isn’t a whole lot of information or transparency about the bottle available. The source of the bourbon is not disclosed, other than being from Kentucky. The TTB website says it’s bottled at Kentucky Artisan Distillery in Crestwood, KY. The price is going to run around $125 in most reputable stores. The proof comes in at 100 proof. It’s a historical brand that has been dormant for over 60 years.
I didn’t bring this bottle home with me and I’ve not been able to find anyone who has yet posted tasting notes.