Whisky Magazine Issue 12
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The old Taylor Distillery is getting a new lease of life Paul Harris investigates.
Glenn's Creek is as picturesque as anything the River Spey has to offer. The fast running waters are just as clear, although the defile is narrower and the lush vegetation overshadows the green waters in a way the Spey does not admit.
Just as the Spey cuts through the legendary land of Glenlivet and Glen Grant, so Glenn's Creek, in faraway Kentucky, flows through that of Labrot & Graham, Old Crow and Old Taylor. They may be thousands of miles apart but the romance of carefully distilled spirit clings to the atmosphere of both rivers - even when you leave the actual bouquet far behind.
Glenn's Creek is in blue grass country. The grass is so lush and green the folks around here reckon it looks blue. There are two great and enduring human activities known to man in this fine part of Kentucky: the art of distilling glorious whiskey and the raising of exceptionally strong horses. It is said that both of these qualities are made possible by the very special local limestone which imparts subtlety to the whiskey and extreme strength to the bones of those horses.
The road known as McCracken Pike snakes through this remote part of Kentucky, Woodford County. The river is to the left, ranches and typical wooden Southern houses, complete with porches and rocking chairs, to the right. On the road between Frankfort and Versailles (pronounced Ver-sales in deliberate defiance to a long lost French colonial adventure), three distilleries perch at the waterside. There is the newly