I hate winter....seriously......hate as in loathe. This winter has been exceptionally harsh for the D.C. area. I know, what we experience is nothing like upstate NY or other areas to the north but here in the mid Atlantic, this winter has dumped higher than average snow and the temperatures much colder than normal. This morning as I left for work it was 5 degrees and that's just too cold.
We're now in to March which means spring is about 2 weeks away. Spring also means the annual visit to Bardstown KY for barrel picking. That's right....the time has come once again to taste through wonderful barrels of bourbon. The schedule is pretty much the same as previous years with the exception of skipping KBD as their barrel program is suspended for a spell until they get caught
up on their bottling backlog. Next year.
The schedule of events is firming up that includes a 35 bottle Wild Turkey tasting that pretty much encompasses every variant of Wild Turkey released over the last couple of decades. We're visiting Four Rose, Buffalo Trace, Heaven Hill as well as hosting the
owner/distiller from Smooth Ambler while in KY to conduct a little barrel sample tasting one evening. Speaking of Smooth Ambler, the group conducted a barrel tasting at the distillery in December and selected 3 barrels; 7 year, 8 year and a 10 year. Those will be ordered this week and I should have them in hand next. I'll post tasting notes once I get them.
As of today, we're at 49 days until picking time.......spring can't come soon enough.