but it has more to do with the getting together with friends who do enjoy bourbon than the festival itself. If you don't come to the festival, Do let it be known when you are coming so that some of us can get together and enjoy a drink or two.
"Our people live almost exclusively on whiskey" - E H Taylor, Jr. 25 April 1873
This is very true and I feel obliged to tell a short story of my own recent bourbon expedition right here in the great state of Texas.
I had the privelage of meeting Jeff (mozilla) from Austin on a recent vacation to San Antone. He showed me and my family that all too famous Texas hospitiality and took me on a tour of Kentucky's past and present without even leaving his livingroom. We traded bottles and stories.
I left there much more enlightened and probably doubled the number of bourbons I have tried. Thanks to Jeff I have a much deeper appreciation for not only the upper shelves, but I now have a mission to save all those dusty bottles from distillers of old, sitting on the bottom and mid-shelves of America. The ones that have had there good labels sullied by big distillers of today, and rescue them from a life of being mixed into cola oblivion.
I encourage everyone to make the trip to Kentucky, as I hope to do one day, but I also encourage you to make your own adventure. There is always someone out there with more knowledge and experience, that can help light the way and get you started on a path to bourbon enlightenment!
Just wanted to thank Jeff and all the other bourbon heads out there for helping show me the way! - Don