Whisky Magazine Issue 85
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The Editor takes to the streets of Louisville for a round of drinking golf.
One way to get to know a new city is to take a walking tour. Padding the streets helps you get down to the nitty gritty of real life. It also gives you the feel for a place, allowing you to pick up nuances and details that driving or taking a bus tour does not allow, and throws up some strange sights.
On this trip to Louisville, Kentucky for instance, I was walking back to the hotel from Baxter Station past a unit with its big delivery doors open. Being nosey I looked in and thought I saw pianos drying after being lacquered. Nice, I thought to myself, that someone is still making pianos in the city. Then I saw noticed the sign over the entrance which read…'Funeral Directors'. They were coffins.
You would be disappointed if taking a walking tour round the bourbon capital did not include stopping off to sample some of the city's fantastic bars and of course bourbon.
Thankfully the good folks at the city's Visitors' Bureau came up with the idea of the Urban Bourbon Trail.
It's a simple but effective idea. Use a passport to link together several bars which pride themselves on their bourbon collections.
You get a stamp at each venue and bingo! A brilliant way of introducing beginners and aficionados to the bourbon capital.
For me I looked at it as the chance to play a good game of bourbon golf: nine bars, eight working distilleries leaving one for a wild card bourbon.
Now to do this sensibly (and I mean drinking sensibly) it's best to take a couple of nights, because the ...