In Day Four of our Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, we visit Town Branch, learn from a true bourbon master, and Ben nerds out. (A lot.)
Town Branch, Buffalo Trace, Old Rip Van Winkle and more
Gleaning the Importance of the Family Tree
“Buffalo Trace is already making the bourbons of the future”, said our guide Freddy Johnson. It sounded bold until we stopped to think about it. Whiskey has to age before it can qualify as bourbon, so technically, every distiller is making “the bourbons of the future” today. Still, after we spent an afternoon learning about the company’s quest to make the world’s perfect bourbon, his phrasing seemed prophetic.
What to see, read and hear
This Week in Culture: Vimeo’s “Rubberhead” debuts, the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year, three grandmas smoke weed for the first time and more.
The 2014 LA Auto Show is the last chance of the year for the automotive industry to show off what they have now and what’s coming up next. From realistic to only-in-your-dreams, the LA Auto Show has a lot to offer, but only the best are worth mentioning.
Admiring the Selection at Lexington's Blue Grass Tavern
Call it the Pappy effect if you want, or just plain business savvy, but most distilleries saw an opportunity in limited, premium bourbons in the early 2000s. At one of Lexington’s best bourbon bars, the Blue Grass Tavern, we laid eyes on some of the absolute best.
The Taste of a productive day
The Irish have Irish coffee, the Scotch have Highland Coffee, the Germans have Rüdesheimer Kaffee, and college students have vodka and red bull. Kentuckians have the Kentucky Sundowner. Here’s how to make one.
Ticking off the week's news in watches
This Week in Watches: Panerai’s new Luminor chronograph, G-P’s Large Date Moonphase Mechanics of Art Deco, Parmigiani’s upcoming SIHH 2015 and more.
Short Form, Done Right
Done right, shorts have the ability to catch an audience off guard; to grab, pivot, and drop before you know what’s hit you. Eliot Rausch’s short documentary, “The Caregiver”, follows the trend of his previous films, providing an authentic glimpse into the lives of others to expose some greater human truths hovering above the magnifying glass.
An inside look at the insider's home of horse racing
From the Archives: While most think of the Kentucky Derby as the focus of horse racing, Keeneland, located 80 miles east in Lexington, is the true center of gravity for the sport.
What's New, Now
Today in Gear: Dewar’s 15 Year Scotch, a flawless Logitech iPad stand, and another reason to cut cable.
Watching the bourbon boom unfold from our HQ in New York, we’ve had a lot of questions. How can a spirit go from the hand of every white collar on Wall Street to a “low-class” spirit, then have another renaissance with bottles worth over $5,000, all in a few decades? And more immediately: Who drinks the stuff? How do they drink it? Why? And why are some of them so goddamn pretentious about it? We figured the best way to get to the bottom of this was to head to the Bluegrass State with a few cameras, some notebooks and clean livers for five days of Kentucky scenery, friendly locals and distillery tours.
Demystifying World's Most Famous Bourbon
I’d say that Pappy Van Winkle is a brand that needs no introduction, except that it does. The truth is that most people don’t know anything about “Pappy”, other than that it’s supposed to be the best of its kind. So let’s set the record straight by getting a couple of basic facts out of the way.
Staying Sober in Bourbon Country
We posed the same question to everyone we spoke to on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail: “If someone is only going to visit Kentucky once, what should they do?” Here are their responses.
Wilderness Trail, Four Roses, Wild Turkey and More
In day three of our Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, we check out small (Wilderness Trail) and big (Four Roses, Wild Turkey) distilleries on the way to Lexington — and get to taste something particularly special.
Distillery-Exclusive Bourbon Bottles
At some of the distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, there are bottles you can’t find anywhere else — rarities that can only be purchased on-site. These were the exclusive bottles we found in the dozen or so distilleries we visited.