Bourbon, Vanilla Whisky and Pickles

It’s been awhile since I’ve been in Bourbon Country. I’m looking forward to making a visit soon and checking out the latest and greatest at the distilleries. I just found out about a tour company that can make the trip a lot more fun.

Mint Julep Tours, which is fittingly based in Louisville, has been running a Bourbon Trail Tour for quite awhile, but now they have added something unique. The “Roll Out the Barrel” tour offers guests a day long experience through Kentucky Bourbon Country. It starts with brunch in one of Louisville’s best and then you are off to a distillery for an exclusive guided tour by one of the company’s experts. Tasting will be straight from the barrel, giving you a chance to sample like a master distiller. A professional taster will help you pick your own barrel and customize your bottles, giving you your very own reserve! Bottles will be delivered to your home 6-8 weeks later.

While we are talking whiskey, I need to mention Phillips Union.  A friend gave me a bottle of their Vanilla Flavored Whiskey and it is great. This spirit is a combination of Kentucky Bourbon, Canadian Whisky and vanilla from Madagascar. It’s smooth and slightly sweet, but certainly not overly. I brought the bottle to a July 4th get together and it was a huge hit with everyone who tasted it. It’s a perfect match with Coke, though I enjoyed it straight on the rocks.

I don’t think I’ll be eating them while drinking bourbon, but I’d like to take a moment to give a shoutout to the lastest from Vlasic Pickles. The Farmer’s Garden collection comes in Kosher Dill and Zesty Garlic. Unlike the pickles you usually get in a jar, these are marinated with peppers, carrots and herbs. The finished product is more flavorful than you’ve experienced and full of crunch. The garlic is actually a bit spicy.


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