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Issue 61 - On the road to Louisville

Whisky Magazine Issue 61
January 2007


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On the road to Louisville

Mid terms,football games and musicians, Rob Allanson takes a voyage of discovery in to bourbon country

I recently took my first trip out to Kentucky.

Bourbon is having such a good run with sales rocketing and the industry straining to keep up with increased demand.

My visit coincided with several big events, and as a writer it is always interesting to be in a different country when something major is taking place.

Elections are always exciting times. All those juicy stories, heated debates, the final vote counting cliff hangers and the feeling of democracy in action.

So to be in the United States during the mid term elections was pretty thrilling, especially with there being so much at stake for the current administration.

Now I thought we Brits had some archaic election laws – a near total ban on political reporting on election day for instance – but I came across a great US regulation.

No alcohol until the polls close?! I almost did a double take when I was told this.

In the United Kingdom alcoholic intake increases during election time, especially amongst journalists.

Well you would have needed a drink after the polls closed and the count for the Senate went down to the wire and the political landscape shifted.

Another major event, that does not happen elsewhere, was college football.

The Louisville Cardinals took on arch rivals the Rutgers. The bars were packed and television sets switched to sports channels.

In the UK there is just not the same passion for college sports.

Anyway the night ended deflated with the Cardinals losing. Thank goodness I was in th...

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