Bourbon Trail - Day 2 - Jim Beam, Heaven Hill and Maker's Mark

Bourbon Trail - Day 2 - Jim Beam, Heaven Hill and Maker's Mark


After breakfast, we drove to Clermont to tour the Jim Beam Distillery facilities.  "Jimmy" is Dwayne's primary bourbon for mixed drinks and can always be found in his liquor cabinet.  Jim Beam is sold worldwide and about 25% of all bourbon sold sports a Jim Beam label.  Jim Beam's 15 millionth barrel was filled on March 12, 2018.  Seven generations of Beam family members have been distilling bourbon in Kentucky for over 200 years.  The tour was comprehensive and the facility is expansive.  We bottled our own Knob Creek Single Barrel as a souvenir.



Bulleit, Angel's Envy, Evan Williams and The Brown Hotel

Bulleit, Angel's Envy, Evan Williams and The Brown Hotel


Our first day on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail took us to three distilleries:  Bulleit, Angel's Envy and Evan Williams.  During the day we learned about the process for creating bourbon whiskey and tasted a fair sample of the finished product.  Our first tasting was at the old Stitzel-Weller Distillery where we learned about Bulleit Frontier Whiskey.  Thomas Bulleit, Jr. began producing Bulleit Frontier Whiskey in 1987 by reviving an old Bulleit family recipe.  Bulleit produces high rye content Bourbon whiskey which has a bold, spicy character.  Construction of the Stitzel-Weller distillery facilities there began soon after the end of Prohibition.  This place looks like what you'd expect for a historic distillery:  old brick buildings surrounded by tall, black rick houses all of which are found in a low lying, trees covered hollow. 


 

Off to Kentucky

Off to Kentucky


Carla dropped Dwayne off at KCI Airport where he joined Dave who flew in from Colorado.  Together, they waited a few minutes for Eric to come pick them up in his car for the drive to Louisville, Kentucky where they eventually picked up Martin who flew into Louisville from Germany.  Eric arranged to rent a house for the week to use as a base while enjoying some of the finer things in life for which Kentucky is noted:  superb bourbon and spirited horses.  The objective is to enhance their knowledge and appreciation for that fine American beverage, Bourbon, by completing the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.  Additionally, touring several thoroughbred horse farms and spending a day the Keeneland Race Track will make them wiser about thoroughbred horses (and hopefully richer).  Time permitting, a visit will be paid to the home of the Louisville Slugger where baseball history has and is still being made.  The rendezvous and travel plan was well executed.







New Boat Arrives

New Boat Arrives


Eric and Kelly were all smiles despite the very cold weather when their new to them boat was delivered.  Even their daughters rose early and rode along to the lake to check out the boat and claim their "space" for the summer.  Dwayne drove out to help move the boat to its slip and lend what advice he could with his limited knowledge of power boats.  The marine dealer who brokered the boat had it re-winterized due to the cold weather that arrived between the sea trial and delivery.  Luckily, the marina had a boat with an outboard engine which could tow the boat from the launch ramp to its slip so it wouldn't have to be re-winterized again due to starting the engine to move under its own power.  It was so cold, the marina had to move the boat doing the towing into the sun for a couple of hours to thaw it out enough to get the engine to start and controls to move.  Eventually, the new boat was moved to its slip and now rests secure until warmer weather arrives.



April Fools Easter

April Fools Easter


After church, Dwayne's kids and grandchildren gathered together a Carla's house for a cold but fun celebration of Easter.  Steamers flying horizontal with the ground whipped in the wind as they hung from the tree limbs and pinwheels spun furiously as snow fell on this April Fools Easter.  We stayed indoors to keep warm but did not let the weather ruin our festivities.  Dinner was a spiral ham, scalped potatoes, green bean casserole, cucumber salad, ambrosia, Hawaiian rolls, Reisling wine and for dessert, the lamb cake.  The Easter egg hunt was conducted indoors with the children taking turns hiding each others' eggs.  This was a big hit with the kids.  They also engaged in a "crack the egg" game which involved tapping the ends of hard boiled eggs against someone else's hard boiled egg to see which egg would crack first.  The winner of the game was the person whose egg was cracked no more than once.  We kept a roaring fire going in the fireplace to provided warmth and it seemed appropriate due to the falling snow outside.  Hopefully, next Easter will be sunny and warmer.



Sea Trial

Sea Trial


Dwayne headed out to the Lake of the Ozarks with Eric and Kelly to test ride the Chaparral 256 Deck Boat they intend to purchase.  It was a beautiful, sunny day with smooth water and hardly anyone on the lake.  After a briefing on the boat and its operation by one of the marina employees, Eric took the wheel and was grinning from ear to ear as he maneuvered the boat around the lake eventually running her up to 50 miles per hour.  (10 times faster than the average cruising speed for Foreign Affair).  The boat was very stable and performed well.  Next, Dwayne had his turn in the driver's seat.  He kept the speed down but did cross a few wakes before turning the controls over to Kelly.  She was a bit apprehensive at first.  However, it was not long before she became more comfortable with the boat's handling.  Overall, everything went well.  It looks like we'll be having a super fun time on the water this summer.  Carla will love this boat (she likes open bows and soft cushions)  If all goes as planned, the boat will be delivered in a week and a day.



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