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Issue 55 - Kentucky swoon

Whisky Magazine Issue 55
April 2006

 

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Kentucky swoon

In the latest in our series,Rob Allanson looks to bourbon country

From the hills and hollows of eastern Kentucky through the rolling bluegrass of its heartland to the massive lakes and flatlands of the west, Kentucky has much to offer, although for the bourbon aficionado it is truly Mecca.

Most of the mouth watering brands are based in this pretty county, and taking a trip here can lead to some challenging decisions about how many bottles you can fit in your bag to carry home. The choice is almost as mind boggling as a visit to Speyside with a new visa card.

There are – as with many American states – some interesting and rib tickling facts about Kentucky.

More than $6 billion worth of gold is held in the underground vaults of Fort Knox. This is the largest amount of gold stored anywhere in the world.

The public saw an electric light for the first time in Louisville. Thomas Edison introduced his incandescent light bulb to crowds at the Southern Exposition in 1883.

Another claim to fame is that Middlesboro, Kentucky, is one of only a few cities in the United States built within a meteor crater.

Just one more impressive fact to bear in mind before heading off in search of the golden bottled stuff: the world's largest baseball bat, 120 ft tall and 68,000lbs, stands at the Louisville Slugger Museum – you may win points with the locals for that one.

The two first ports of call for anyone visiting the region on a bourbon expedition are going to be Bardstown and Louisville as most of the big players are situated nearby, making both cit...

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