Two weeks from today I'll be headed down to Kentucky for the annual barrel pick festivities. I recognize that I neglected to write much about last years picks and hope to remedy that this year.
We moved the arrival date a number of weeks to May in order to take advantage of better weather. In previous years we attended during the Spring sampler held in and around Bardstown and in April the weather can still be somewhat wet and cold.
Buffalo Trace has been a real great experience for us over the last couple of years as we've pulled some really great barrels of Old Weller Antique plus they are a great value to boot. Beau, their barrel program manager, is a great host and we always enjoy spending time with him plus he pulls great barrels for us to taste through.
Four Roses was one of the first distilleries we visited back about 5 years ago. Jim Rutledge is more than a host but a good friend of the group. We always have a fantastic time with Jim and have purchased some top notch barrels from Four Roses. Last year Jim rolled out ten barrels and the quality was so good, we had a hard time picking our top three, in fact, we ended up picking six of the ten barrels.
I'm very much looking forward to this years trip. Better weather, great bourbon and good friends should make this years trip a great experience.