KENTUCKY BOURBON COUNTRY: THE ESSENTIAL TRAVEL GUIDE is Released
Lexington, KY-Kentucky may be horse-racing and basketball country, but when it comes to your taste buds, the Bluegrass State is a bourbon-lover's paradise. From mint juleps at the Kentucky Derby to a classic old-fashioned at Louisville's famed Pendennis Club, no spirit is more associated with a state than bourbon with the Commonwealth. Since the founding of the Bourbon Trail in 1999, bourbon has become more than just a production industry; it has become a tourism industry for Kentucky, bringing in over half a million visitors last year alone.
In Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide, veteran travel writer and bourbon author Susan Reigler has compiled the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the tours, distilleries, restaurants, bars, and attractions of the Bluegrass State. From Whiskey Row in Louisville to the annual Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, Reigler covers where to stay, where to eat, what to see, and how to get there. Accompanying her text are 148 color photos by Pam Spaulding which highlight the history of Kentucky's major distilleries and the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
Reigler begins by covering the bourbon basics. She describes what makes bourbon bourbon, details its long history, and explains how it is made. In addition, she includes a guide to tasting bourbon which covers all the major factors affecting the flavor profile, from grain recipes to the aging process, as well as the major descriptors for bourbon, from vanilla and caramel to allspice and wood smoke. A glossary accompanies additional resources for bourbon lovers, including a list of specialty retailers.
Kentucky Bourbon County organizes tour of the state's historic distilleries around five major locations-Louisville, Frankfort and Midway, Lexington, Lawrenceburg, and Bardstown. In each section, Reigler highlights the best local restaurants for bourbon lovers and the most interesting places to stay, including historic inns and bed & breakfasts. She also gives travel advice specific to each locale and details additional attractions in each area, from tours of scenic horse farms to the best museums in the region.