Yesterday I shared with you highlights of our trip to Cumberland Falls and Lost Lodge. On the trip back home to Cincinnati, we decided to take the long way home and stop by Makers Mark in Loretto, KY.
Dave was great - he had even done his homework on me and my blog! He knew I didn't like bourbon and told me right off the bat - his goal today was to get me to not hate bourbon. THAT would be a steep goal...could he do it?
George Remus - he's a Cincinnatian who had a LOT of scandal and owned a lot of distilleries. I really need to find out more about this cat!
After Prohibition the folks at Makers wanted to make whiskey taste good. It had lost some of it's integrity and they wanted to turn that around. It was simple ingredients: corn, soft red winter wheat and malted barley with no bitter taste.
I guess that's the benefit of having someplace that's also open for public tours - they keep it immaculate!
- coarse ground grain - not powdered like some "others"
- wheat is all local
- corn is from KY & IN
- Barley from MN & Dakotas
- Makers grows their own yeast
So in we went to find out about the magic!
We got to taste 3 barrels - one that had just gone in, one that had been in for a day and one for 3 days. It had a bit of a cereal taste but it was really sweet and tart at the same time. You could actually think about scooping up a bowl of it to eat. It was some good stuff!
Then into the warehouse to see the barrels aging. It's always a good picture...
Makers 46 - the whiskey goes in for 6 months - then they take it out and add the white oak staves you see and put the whiskey back in for 9 weeks. Out comes even better Makers Mark 46.
You definitely could taste why the over & under done bourbon's weren't for sale. They were pretty awful! I couldn't tell a difference between Makers & 46. But - I could taste the tingle on the tip of my tongue and no bitterness on the back of my tongue! It was a victory for Dave!
Summer Breeze - ginger ale, peach schnapps & Makers Mark
Fruity - muddle up some blueberries, add OJ & Makers Mark - then strain & pour!
Then Dave surprised Larry & I each with our own bottle of Makers Mark and we'd get to dip it ourselves!!!
You get to write your name and date on the bottle -
After a quick tutorial - we did the dip & twist...
Pull it out, twist it around...
Then give it a little pound on the table to make the trademark drips!
And if you haven't been on the Bourbon Trail - it's so much fun! Even if you're not a fan of bourbon (like me for the most part) - you learn a lot and get to try something new!
Thanks so much to Dave for the special private tour - we felt like rock stars!