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My Old Kentucky Home

We lived in Kentucky for eight and a half years between June 2006 and December 2014.  While we have relocated to central Florida, we still have a lot of fond memories of Kentucky.  I have decided to leave much of the content intact until it becomes outdated.  The Bluegrass State actually has a lot to offer.  I hope to share some of that with you here.  If you are a fan of horses and horse racing or bourbon, Kentucky is the place for you.  There actually is a lot more than that.  You might not be aware that Kentucky is one of the top five wine producing states in the US.  If you are interested in caving, Kentucky has plenty to offer too.  Since we have moved I will no longer be updating this page.  The gallery above is just a sample of what Kentucky has going for it.

The picture on the left is our former home.  We lived in a nice development a little north of Taylorsville.  Pictures don't do justice to how nice the area is.  If you're an old friend we'd love to see you - but in Florida!

Bourbon.  To me, you can't think Kentucky and not think bourbon.  There are multiple bourbon distilleries that give tours.  Don't get me wrong, they are all worth visiting, but if your time is limited, a couple stand out above the rest.  In my opinion the best tour right now is at the new Jim Beam American Stillhouse.   If you only have time for one tour this would be my choice.  If you have a little more time,  my number two recommendation is the Makers Mark distillery in Loretto, KY.  It's a little out of the way, but absolutely worth the effort.  What makes these two the best to me is that a visitor gets the see up close just about every facet of making bourbon from mashing to distillation to aging to bottling to tasting.  Don't get me wrong, any bourbon distillery that you can visit is worth it.  You can see more pictures and get my recommendations regarding distilleries by clicking on the Bourbon County tab above.  The pictures below are just a small sample of what you will see at Maker's Mark.  Below is a photo of the sight glass (known as the tail box) where all the distilled bourbon passes.  Of course, the photo on the right is in the aging warehouse.


Yes, they actually hand dip every bottle with their special red wax.  It's the signature symbol of Makers Mark. Finally you can sample the difference between how it looks going into the barrel and how is looks finished.  Believe me, it's worth waiting for!

Kentucky Wine - That's Right, Kentucky Wine.  Look it up if you don't believe me, but Kentucky used to be the largest wine producing state prior to prohibition.  The climate here is just right for growing grapes.  Don't expect California type massive operations here as even the biggest operation is classified as a "Small Farm Winery" and can produce no more the 50,000 gallons per year (they probably spill that much as some big places out west!).  You can check out some of the facilities we've visited by clicking the "Kentucky Wine" tab above.

Horses and Horse Racing - This is the home of the Kentucky Derby you know.  I consider Churchill Downs to be a must see for any true sports fan!

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