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Issue 80 - A state of mind

Whisky Magazine Issue 80
June 2009


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A state of mind

The state of Kentucky offers the whiskey lover a great deal of choice. But there's plenty for the non bourbon drinker too.

You don't have to come from Kentucky to make bourbon, but it sure helps.

Nearly all the great bourbons are produced in the state and if you base yourself in the state's largest city, Louisville, you're well placed to visit them all.

Until recently Kentucky didn't make as much of its whiskey heritage as it could have done, but with several distilleries now investing heavily in visitor facilities the local tourist authorities have begun to get their act together.

The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau in particular has in recent months has been doing outstanding work in providing bourbon with a proper place at the heart of the region's tourism.

Kentucky isn't all about whiskey though. It is a fascinating state rich in history and culture and with a varied and stimulating geography and there is plenty for the non whiskey lover to enjoy.

If you do enjoy a bourbon or two, there are two trails to pursue.

One takes you round the state to the distilleries themselves, the other is an urban trail round the best bourbon-influenced bars and restaurants in Louisville itself. The cuisine in the city is outstanding.

For more information on Kentucky and its tourism, visit HOW TO GET THERE The main city of Kentucky is Louisville and it has its own international airport. To fly there, however, requires flying with one of the major airlines to another hub, with New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Memphis offering several flights to Louisville each day. Most Euro...

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