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bourbon classicIt's not too early to plan for next year's 2018 Bourbon Classic. Get information and tickets now. Here's the information you need.

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castle and key logoCastle & Key is in its rebirth from one of the classic distilleries of Kentucky and we can't wait to visit and taste their work.

Here's a preview of their grounds and what's going on there.

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bourbonFor those of you looking for a fun packed long weekend I've put together this map of some distilleries in the Louisville, KY area. This is by no means an exhaustive list but the places on the map are some of our favorites. 

Happy trails!

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FourRoses-2FourRoses brand has been around since nearly the start of bourbon. It is a high volume production facility that uses a unique set of recipes to produce its bourbons. On our visit to the distillery located in Lawrenceburg, KY, brand ambassador Al Young met us at the visitor center and guided us around the facilities.

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bourbon glassIt is a well-rounded argument that the Scottish had the market sewn up as far as making the best product on the planet; however there are a few studs in other stables worth a mention. Bourbon has long been associated with Kentucky and for good reason as it is the state where this craft was first developed.

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malt extractA true single malt whiskey is a brew that is distilled in one place. There is no inclusion of any other blends of grain whiskey in this product. A single cask whiskey has been in one cask and not transferred to accommodate other blends. This whiskey, when full strength, can exceed sixty percent alcohol by volume.

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scotch regionsScotland can be divided into six different malt making segments or regions; Islay, Campbeltown, speyside, Islands Lowlands and highlands. Each of these regions produce a different malt as the characteristics are different so too are the methods of distilling. Climate variations, raw materials, and production methods all play a roll in the differing of these malts.

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drinking whiskyHere's a step by step guide that shows you how to get the best results no matter what kind of whisky you're drinking.

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Hudson bottles-201This video documentary produced by Tuthilltown Spirits is a terrific look into the rebirth of American Whisky. Tuthilltown makes a now-iconic brand - Hudson Whiskey. I've been fortunate enough to pick up 3 of their products that I haven't opened (yet) and will be sharing with friends shortly. 

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Wall Street Journal beat me to the scoop today with their coverage of the shortage of barrels that are needed to make bourbon. You may know that the skyrocketing popularity of bourbon is causing shortages of the brew. But the fact that NEW barrels are one the legal requirements to create bourbon is a main problem. Never mind that bourbon needs to be aged a minimum of 2 years... you still have to have barrels to put the distillate in before it actually becomes bourbon. 

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lewis-distilleryThe production of Scotch whisky takes time, a lot of time. It is a tedious process that can take years. However when it is done correctly, the product is one worth waiting for.