I had heard about the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky, but, had never visited one of the distillery's until recently.  I'm not a huge fan of bourbon or whiskey, but, taking the tour and learning how it's made really got my attention.  

Just south of Louisville in the town of Clermont is where the Jim Beam American Stillhouse is located.  It's an interesting process starting with the water, then the grains, fermentation, the oak barrels, and so on.  There's a lot going on in making bourbon including the specific kind of oak used for the barrels - they only use white oak.  And there is a difference between bourbon and whiskey!  Have you seen the Jim Beam tv commercials with Mila Kunis?  We saw one of her bourbon barrels inside one of the storage rack houses!  (See slideshow)

If you get the time this summer, take the tour...it's well worth the money and you get 3 tastes of their famous brands after the tour is over (taste tests for 21+)   [slideshow]

Jim Beam Stillhouse Tour credit by Deb Turner
Jim Beam Stillhouse Tour credit by Deb Turner
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