I've just returned from Kentucky where this last week we conducted the annual barrel picking endeavor. Visits to Four Roses, Buffalo Trace, Jim Beam and Wild Turkey yielded multiple barrel picks that I'm very excited about.
The week started off with a full day at an outdoor gun range shooting everything from vintage 1911's to AR-15's. During the week we had some downtime with Jim Rutledge, Four Roses Master Distiller who joined us for dinner and an evening of just hanging out. We also had a nice visit with Marianne Barnes, the new Master Distiller at the soon to be named distillery at the former E.H. Taylor Castle site and Saturday we had a sit down discussion with Jimmy Russell at Wild Turkey. The week ended with a pig roast, tomahawk throwing competition and a whole lot of whiskey and cigars.
I'll post details in the coming weeks. The year's trip was the best to date, but now back to the real world.