In day five of our Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, we soak in the last rays of Kentucky sun, watch a group pick their own single barrel of Woodford Reserve, and more.
Private barrel selection at Woodford Reserve and the drive back to Louisville
A Video Tour of the Process from 12 Bourbon Distilleries
We toured 12 distilleries in a five-day blitz, asking everyone we met to walk us through the bourbon-making process. Here, you’ll find all of the steps that go into making America’s unique take on whiskey.
Single barrel bourbon explained
“For liquor stores, whiskey bars, restaurants — having a private barrel label is basically their way of saying ‘This is how we like our whiskey.’” Tom Fischer, the founder of BourbonBlog and a frequent judge at many spirits and cocktail competitions, told me over the phone after we got back from Kentucky. “So it allows them to put that bottle on a shelf and say, you know, ‘This is something we went to Kentucky and we picked up. This is how we like our whiskey, but it may not always be how you like it.’”
We shadowed Seattle-based Duke’s Chowder House as they selected their own personal barrel of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked.
What's the right way to enjoy America's Whiskey?
Is there a proper way to drink Bourbon? We asked experts in the industry to weigh in.
This Week's News on Wheels
This Week in Motoring: AWD F-Types, the Mustang 350 returns, a Lexus goes topless, Mr. Le Mans retires and more.
The Good Kind of Coach Class
A behind-the-scenes look at the Morgan Motor company, which is hand-building its cars just as it did nearly 100 years ago.
Feast, and be Thankful
Think hard enough about your last Thanksgiving and there might just be a couple — or maybe a lot — of moments where things were really great. Maybe it was that *cough* perfect turkey (or capon), maybe it was the impromptu talent show put on by the kids table, or arguing about “Who invaded Spain in the 8th century?” during the annual Trivial Pursuit game. However trite it may sound, it’s these moments that make everything else worth it. So to everyone suffering through extended-family prodding or poultry that’s less than savory: hang in there and be glad you avoided the urge to walk past your gate and hop a plane to Kauai. Here’s your guide to the entire holiday.
What's New, Now
Today in Gear: Rx wood-frame eyewear, apps for the polyamorous, Italian leather camera bags and more.
THE WEEK'S BEST WRITING
Our best articles from the last few weeks. Just in case, ya know, you missed them: how to make The Old Fashioned and two other bourbon cocktails, volatile soccer fans, the Toyota TRD Pro, Pappy Van Winkle & much more bourbon.
The Gear You Missed
ood morning, welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Gear — your single shot serving of an entire week’s worth of killer new gear — pulled from our weekday editions of Today in Gear. Bookmark it to peruse over Sunday football and start your Monday completely up to speed. Cheers to another fantastic…
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.
Town Branch, Buffalo Trace, Old Rip Van Winkle and more
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.)
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.