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Issue 111 - More than just Bourbon

Whisky Magazine Issue 111
April 2013


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More than just Bourbon

Fred Minnick finds there is plenty to do in Kentucky

Just go. Get in your rental car, put on your seatbelt, because that's a Kentucky law, and drive the Bluegrass State's winding roads. You'll see towering layers of exposed limestone, horses running the length of black picket fences and the shimmering waters of the Ohio, Kentucky and Mississippi Rivers.
The roads never stop here, always leading to a colourful destination, where old tobacco barns stand tall against the bright blue sky and accepting locals play the fiddle at small town general stores. In Kentucky, we'll ask where you're from and then give you Bourbon. But this state has so much more to
offer than just Bourbon.

Before the term ‘Bourbon' was used for the popular whiskey, in 1783, horsemen lined up their best at Market Street in downtown Louisville. Horse racing popularity continued to grow in the state's largest city, and 26-year-old Colonel M. Lewis Clark created the track that became known as Churchill Downs.
Since Clark's 1880s gift to the world, the immaculate Churchill Downs has become home to the Kentucky Derby the ‘Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.' The track's Twin Spires reach into heaven,
but the horses and their majestic beauty prance your heart away. With the capacity to seat 160,000
people during Derby and permanent seating of 52,000, the Churchill Downs's grounds could fit several London city blocks within. By contrast, Lexington's Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing is a much more
intimate experience than Churchill Downs. Keeneland's paddock is so close ...

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