Friday, January 13, 2012

Woodford Reserve~ A birthday to remember

For my husband's birthday, I planned a trip he may or may not remember... We went to the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, KY. I'm not much of a drinker myself, but my husband has developed a great love of bourbon over the last few years, so it seemed like a great fit.

The distillery is nestled amongst acres of gorgeous, picturesque Kentucky horse farms, but not too far off the beaten path. We happened to visit on the perfect weekend since the distillery was having a Holiday Open House.  The tour was free, samples of bourbon were free, the complimentary tasting from the resident chef were free, bottle etching was free and the list goes on. It was perfect!
Pictured above, the first part of our day was with the chef on site.  She gave plates with parmesean cheese, sorghum, nuts, and dried cranberries, then gave shots of bourbon, glasses free to take home. The purpose was to see the way the bourbon would take on the flavors of the different foods and experience how the taste changed on your palate, even the the drink was always the same.  It was really informative and interesting.  Next, we walked through the buildings where the distilling takes place. The smell was slightly offensive, but not if you enjoy the smell of fermenting.
The last stop for the day for me was the gift shop (for my husband, it was the bar where more free shots of Woodford were being given away). The gift shop had a great variety of Southern style gifts, many obviously Kentucky specific, horse racing and bourbon particularly, and this is where I bought a bottle of Woodford for a Christmas gift, and had it etched free of charge!
Whether you like bourbon or not, it's a great day trip to experience, especially if you pick a weekend like we did where so much is FREE! Who doesn't love a great deal!?

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