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Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide Hardcover – September 27, 2013
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"A must read for anyone who wants to travel and truly experience bourbon country."―Albert Schmid, author of the Gourmand-Award winning The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook
"This book brings the experience of bourbon under one cover, offering the reader a tour guide including what is to be learned at a given distillery, where to stay, cuisine to sample locally, and additional historical sites that give a flavor of the community."―Richard Taylor, former Kentucky Poet Laureate
"It's clear that Reigler and Spaulding thought long and hard about what a bourbon-oriented visitor would want to know and see, which they present with the confidence only an insider can pull off."―Charles K. Cowdery, author of Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey
"Finally we have a serious study of America's first, only, and great noble spirit. This is a tale of legends and history, beautiflly illustrated, and it's hard to believe any book on the subject will surpass it."―John Mariani, author of The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink
""An incredible journey through the heart of Kentucky bourbon country! Susan truly captures the essence and flavor of the Kentucky bourbon experience. There has never been a more comprehensive guide created purely for the bourbon lover touring our state.""―Peggy Noe Stevens
"Bourbon lovers will find a vacation in a binding with this wonderful book, whether or not the car ever leaves the driveway; for travelers, it's the perfect planning guide. Folks less enamored of bourbon will still enjoy the history and geography lessons learned, as well as the glorious art."―Lousiville Courier-Journal
"Like wine lovers who dream of traveling to Bordeaux or beer enthusiasts with visions of the breweries of Belgium, bourbon lovers plan their pilgrimages to Kentucky's bourbon country. And what a country it is! Some of the most famous distilleries are tucked away in the scenic countryside of the Bluegrass region, stretching between Louisville, Bardstown, and Lexington. Locals and tourists alike seek out the finest flavors of Kentucky, as interest in America's only native spirit continues to grow. ― Skirt Magazine"―Pam Spaulding, Skirt Magazine
"It is the ultimate guide not only for bourbon lovers who want to plan their pilgrimage to visit their favorite distillery, but also for anyone who wants to know more about bourbon and the companies which make them."―Booksworld.com
"Kentucky Bourbon Country leapfrogs internet travel sites and gives a comprehensive travel guide that digs deep into each Kentucky region. . . . As a Kentuckian, I'm thrilled with how Reigler explores not only bourbon, but takes you inside several relatively unknown destinations."―Whisky Advocate
About the Author
Susan Reigler, award-winning former restaurant critic and travel writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal, is the author of The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks and coauthor of The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book.
Pam Spaulding, a veteran photographer and photojournalist, is the photographer of The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks and The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book.
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We had planned out our long weekend trip with friends to include 4 or 5 distilleries, and the trip was a success. The Willet and Woodford distilleries are good examples of the industry and not to be missed. The two smaller places we hit, Barrel House and Old Pogue, aren't mentioned in this book but are listed on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail map online. Since there are only fourteen distilleries in the state right now, I was surprised to not see them there (although small craft maker Barrel House, while making and aging bourbon, hasn't sold any yet as it's still waiting for their 6 year aging to complete).
The book itself is well made, uses heavy weight glossy paper, and has a nice binding and cover. It's a 6 x 9 inch format, a good size for bringing with you to Kentucky. As a "travel guide" one would expect a lot of pictures, and this book does not disappoint. The hundreds of photos give a good idea of what each distillery is like and includes many pictures of the surrounding areas also. The trip to Woodford Reserve through bluegrass horse country is especially nice, and the pictures here do it justice.
The authors provide a nice history of each distillery, a list of each of the spirits made there, the hours for tours and gift shops, and a general history of bourbon making and the urban legends associated with the early days. The specifics of each bourbon, from ingredients to mash to bottle, are provided unless the process is proprietary. In addition, each distillery region write-up includes a list of recommended hotels and eateries in the area, good to use as a starting point for your travel planning.
Several mutli-page side bar pieces discuss the two cooperages (barrel makers) in the state and other bourbon associated items. A final section includes definitions and lingo about the bourbon-making process, and will help you understand some of the distillery guides as you tour the region.
There are certainly other books on Kentucky bourbon country, and Kentucky has several excellent web sites on the bourbon trail which we had used to plan our trip, but this book will get you all worked up about heading out to sample Kentucky's best, is a very nice start to any trip there, and a nice conversation starter once you get home. Next trip: the annual Bardstown bourbon festival in September and a visit to the soon-to-open Michters distillery in Louisville.