Kentucky breeds great music, not just bourbon, basketball and bluegrass. From barn dances to enormous festivals, the state has a thriving and diverse music scene that pairs perfectly with bourbon.
Central Kentucky is the heart of bourbon distillers both large and small. The official Bourbon Trail is a trademark of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and includes eight member distilleries, but generally bourbon country extends from Bardstown up to Louisville and over to Lexington. Most distillers are open for tours, although not all of them allow tastings. Changes in liquor laws have eased regulations nearly everywhere, and both craft bourbons and major labels have devotees as passionate as Wildcats versus Cardinals fans. (Just don’t bring up a particular basketball coach unless you know which part of the state you are in…)
As you visit stops along the route — or throw your own tasting party at home — listen to this eclectic mix of bourbon-drinking, Kentucky-born songs to help you celebrate the best of the Bluegrass State.
Helpful hint: Do not confuse bourbon with whiskey in the Bluegrass State. Bourbon is a specific type of whiskey that is made in the United States from at least 51% corn and aged in new, charred oak barrels. So, while all bourbon is whiskey, not all whiskey is bourbon.