A couple years ago, I planned a European trip using James Bond as my guide. He always goes to such exotic places, it seemed the perfect way to see the Old Country. Information was scarce at that time, so I did the best I could. There are a lot more resources now. I'll be working on a guide to condense this information by country, so you can more easily track these places down. First stop, Austria!
Out of Kentucky and on to my old stomping ground of Tennessee. Here, I'll figure out what constitutes a Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey and find out the difference between that and bourbon, both in flavor and in production techniques.
A couple of things really surprised me about this tour. First, that I would have so much fun discovering bourbon that after a week I could have kept going. And second, that in a week, I'd go from bourbon novice to an educated consumer of it.
After a fun day in Cincinnati, it's time to get back to the business of expanding my knowledge of bourbon. And what better way to do that than to hit another craft distillery and then roam the streets of Louisville, including Whiskey Row!
So, traveling on my own, I didn't have to worry too much about making sure the family or friends I brought along were happy and entertained, so I could have just stuck to bourbon the whole time. However, I've made the journey to a great section of the country, so I couldn't resist a day of baseball and architecture in Cincinnati.