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Visit to the Distillery

allen griggsallen griggs Member Posts: 33,003 ✭✭✭
edited May 2019 in General Discussion
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We stopped by the Makers Mark in Kentucky yesterday.


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Now, if you are a Muslim or a Mormon you need to pass this by I certainly don't want to send you to hell.
Otherwise, this is a great tour! Vats of fermenting corn, made of wood.
Ten feet across and fifteen feet high, use your pi R squared and figure out how much booze this is.
You are looking at the top of this vat it sticks through the floor and is about 15 feet high. There are 8 of these giant vats.



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Gorgeous copper stills.


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Lots of charred oak barrels. The big warehouses hold 55,000 barrels. There are 18 warehouses.


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The girlfriend got to dip her own bottle of Makers Mark into the distinctive red wax.
The last stop is a bar room. All guests are served a few shots of this magnificent bourbon.











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I just had a little nip.







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Comments

  • RobOzRobOz Member Posts: 9,192 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Been there a couple of times and it is a great tour. I remember lots of cats in the storage barns.
  • mark christianmark christian Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 22,953 ******
    edited November -1
    Looks like a fine time. So far I've been to the Wild Turkey, Four Roses and the Woodford Reserve distilleries. I need to hit the Bourbon Trail again this Fall.
  • gearheaddadgearheaddad Member Posts: 15,125 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Love that last photo, Allen!
    The Bourbon trail is on my radar!!
  • jimdeerejimdeere Member Posts: 20,330 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Girlfriend? I thought it was your daughter.
  • mogley98mogley98 Member Posts: 17,681 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Awesome pics thanks for sharing that last one is a LOL
    Why don't we go to school and work on the weekends and take the week off!
  • Mr. PerfectMr. Perfect Member Posts: 59,601 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Looks like I am going to have to carve out some time to do this trip at some point.
    Some will die in hot pursuit
    And fiery auto crashes
    Some will die in hot pursuit
    While sifting through my ashes
    Some will fall in love with life
    And drink it from a fountain
    That is pouring like an avalanche
    Coming down the mountain
  • KenK/84BravoKenK/84Bravo Member Posts: 7,822 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Bro,


    What happened to your hair? :o







    (And) You are wearing Bedroom Slippers. :shock:

    Extreme NE TN/W NC ya'll. 😁

  • jimdeerejimdeere Member Posts: 20,330 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    He left his cowboy boots in the truck.
  • mac10mac10 Member Posts: 1,056 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    are you posting from the bathroom in a closed distillary :lol:
  • bigal125bigal125 Member Posts: 1,134 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I just had a little nip.
    It looks to me like you had a little nap, instead! :D:lol:

    Big Al (still getting used to this new forum software, I am!)
  • mnrivrat48mnrivrat48 Member Posts: 1,715 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    "Girlfriend? I thought it was your daughter."

    With those that can afford it , their girlfriends always look like someones daughter.

    When vacation is making the rounds to distilleries you just may have a problem ! :lol:
  • WearyTravelerWearyTraveler Member Posts: 2,014 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    It?ll be a while before I can ever get to the bourbon trail. However, there are a few smaller distilleries near me in WV. They?re so small you can sit down with the owners / workers and discuss life over a couple of ?samples.?
    ”People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
    - GEORGE ORWELL -
  • WearyTravelerWearyTraveler Member Posts: 2,014 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    This place is great. Small and they take the time to sit n chat with you.

    Their corn whiskey is aged in barrels that are previously used to age maple syrup. That lends a great flavor!

    https://stillhollowspirits.com/
    ”People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
    - GEORGE ORWELL -
  • forgemonkeyforgemonkey Member Posts: 20,423 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    That's 8,812.18 gal./vat(if full) x 8 vats = 70,497.5 gal.,,,,,,,,, Cheers !!!!! :shock: :lol:
  • allen griggsallen griggs Member Posts: 33,003 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
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    The girlfriend also bought a fifth of "white" Makers Mark for $36. This is available only at the distillery.
    Now, we know to make bourbon you have to age the liquor in a charred oak cask for 7 years, obviously a difficult and expensive process.
    But grain alcohol? Ferment corn for 5 days, distill it in a few hours, and bottle it! They can't have more than 3 bucks in that bottle and I bet the glass cost more than the booze.
  • He DogHe Dog Member Posts: 48,596 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    :lol::lol::lol::lol: These guys all think that last photo was posed Allen. :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
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