Dinner at the Old Talbert Tavern where Abe Lincoln and Daniel Boone have supposedly dined
I ate a Kentucky Hot Brown for the 1st time (or at least my version of it, with no ham or bacon) and LOVED it!
Then the husband sampled some local bourbons and got a free shot glass to keep (yay for "free" souvenirs!)
We saw a bike rally for fallen soldiers
had fun with our shadows
and I got really excited that our hotel had a REAL key
The town has 6 or 8 bourbon distilleries that you can tour, but we only had a few hours, so we woke up bright and early the next morning (8:00 is early for us right now) to start our tours.
1st was Jim Beam
Us inside the old T. Jeremiah Beam house
They paint all their buildings black to hide the mold (at least that's what I think the tour guide said) and I love the way they look with the red shutters
Our tour guide was great and we learned lots of interesting information, like the 5 factors to qualify a whiskey as a bourbon (1. it must be produced in the US, 2. it must be made of at least 51% corn, 3. it must be less than 160 proof, 4. free of any additives and 5. it must be aged at least 2 years.) and that bourbon is called America's Native Spirit. Also, after the barrels are used to make bourbon, they are sent to Scotland to make Scotch. Yay for recycling!
We were allowed to taste it in the process
and had more samples
and the BEST PART....
I put on all this sexy protective gear
and got to dip my own bottle into their signature wax seal
I was most looking forward to this part of the trip and it was fun to learn how they do it!
I also found my almost dream kitchen ( I love the retro feel but want a slightly brighter blue)
and loved these little guys that were out on display
We only toured the 2 but we loved every minute of it and can't wait to go back and check out the others. If you like bourbon (or even if you don't), this is a relaxing, low key vacation spot I would recommend!