|The still room|
The buildings are all limestone, every stone hand-laid by Scottish and Irish artisans who were brought to America by the distillery owners for just that purpose. The walls of the buildings are two feet thick, allowing the bourbon to stay at a fairly constant temperature and, the tour guide informed us, to assure that its flavor is the very best.
|Steve (a.k.a. "Polecat") admires the large copper stills|
I had just a camera phone in my pocket for our tour, and wish I could go back with a really good camera and a UV filter to better capture the warm beauty of the stone buildings, the oak barrels, and the copper stills. It was a lovely, calm, and quiet place and I enjoyed the visit immensely.
|Bourbon ages in barrels for at least four years|
|Beautiful stone walls|
|A barrel hoist|
|The barrel run allows the barrels to be rolled on a track from building to building|
|Another view of the barrel run, and the weighing station|
|New oaken barrels await their contents|
|Emptying the aged bourbon from the barrels so that it can be filtered, mixed, and bottled|
|Mill stone as wall decoration|
After touring the grounds, we returned to the refinery gift shop where we tasted the bourbon produced at Woodford Reserve. Several of our traveling companions purchased bottles of bourbon, but I contented myself with some bourbon-flavored caramels and praline pecans.
The trip was wonderful, as all trips are where every participant arrives home again, safe and sound. We had fair weather for the ride there, and good company along the way. The return ride was pretty miserable though, with cold temperatures and extremely high head winds all the way from Tennessee to home.
One of my chat-room friends from North Carolina teased me until I promised to knit him a hat in Harley-Davidson colors. The yarn was a new one to me, Berroco Vintage in red-orange and black. It was lovely and soft to knit up into this Jacques Cousteau Hat. I had hoped to have it finished in time to deliver it at the lunch run, but had to mail it to Ken after we returned home. He has pronounced it fit to wear. : )
|Diesel-Dawg's new hat|