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Bourbon – Wrap Up

Posted by Reese on 2008-10-18 @ 03:18pm

Spent a wonderful day touring Buffalo Trace distillery today with Jennifer.  The distillery in Frankfort, KY is nestled along the Kentucky river and is very picturesque.  On the tour we visited Warehouse C where they are aging Buffalo Trace, Van Winkle’s and some of their experimental barrels.  From there we went to the Benton’s Bottling hall where they bottle their products.  After explaining the details of the bottling process our guide took part of the group, ourselves included on a special tour of the rear of the distillery.

In the rear of the distillery we saw the grain delivery areas and one of the large Vodka stills.  Then we went to the Mash room where they were fermenting batches of upcoming spirits.  Next we were taken through their small batch still room where they produce special spirit runs for one off customers.  Following that we were introduced to the big daddy still.  A column still does the first distillation, then the spirits are further distilled in pot still to produce the final unaged product “White Dog”.  We were lucky enough to get to sample a bit of this White Dog and I must say it was very good.  You could really taste the corn back notes and despite its high proof it was still quite smooth.  The final step in our tour was the tasting room where we sampled the distilleries vodka (Rain), Buffalo Trace’s Bourbon and Eagle Rare, one of my personal favorites.  Overall the tour was fantastic.  Below are a number of pictures from the day.

As for the week of Bourbon experimentation, it was a nice refresher on America’s native spirit.  This is certainly not the last we’ll speak it.  Until then keep trying different Bourbons there are a lot out there and all have something special to offer.

Blueprint of a Sazerac in the Buffalo Trace gallery

Blueprint of a Sazerac in the Buffalo Trace gallery

Inside Warehouse C

Inside Warehouse C

Grain Silos

Grain Silos

Mash Fermenter - 92,000 Gallons!

Mash Fermenter - 92,000 Gallons!

Small Batch Still - Combination Pot + Column

Small Batch Still - Combination Pot + Column

Column of the Big Daddy Still

Column of the Big Daddy Still

Thunder the Buffalo Monitors the Still Output

Thunder the Buffalo Monitors the Still Output

Warehouse Window

Warehouse Window

Barrels on the Bottom Level of the Warehouse - "Old Pappy Lives Down Here" as our Tour Guide Said

Barrels on the Bottom Level of the Warehouse - "Old Pappy Lives Down Here" as our Tour Guide Said