Kentucky Capitol & Maker's Mark tour
Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
192Trip End Oct 14, 2011
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My first stop was the Kentucky Capitol. It's the state's fourth capitol. The first two burned down. That's been the case with an awful lot of the early capitols. Fire used to be much more of a danger than it is now. They outgrew the third, which is still standing near the current capitol and is now a museum. They started building the current capitol in 1904. It was completed in 1910.
The capitol is a neo-classical, symmetrical, stone building with a central rotunda and a number of Beaux-Arts and classical French touches. It was originally built to house the state Supreme Court, the Governor and the legislature. I believe they're all still in the building.
Unlike most of the older capitols, the Kentucky capitol apparently did not have a recent renovation to undo years of remodeling. Apparently, they didn't need to. They seem to have taken good care of their capitol. It's an impressive building.
I noticed something unusual for state capitols. They had the Ten Commandments displayed in the rotunda. I don't think that would fly in most states.
After the capitol I went to a distillery tour. I had wanted to go on a Woodford Reserve Corn to Cork Tour but I didn't call for a reservation in time. From what I read, the Maker's Mark tour sounded like one of the better ones so I drove there. My GPS lead me down some tiny, dirt roads but, even tough I had my doubts at times, I eventually made it to the distillery.
The tour was interesting. You get to see the entire process from the tubs of sour mash, through the distillation to the bottling. We were told many times how the person who started Maker's Mark was aiming for a "front of the mouth" taste, meaning eliminating any bitterness, and the steps he went though to achieve it. Well, I'm one of the seven percent of people who don't taste bitter so their efforts are lost on me. After the tour you get to try a couple of Maker's Mark's bourbons. They give you samples of their standard whisky as well as Maker's 46. I preferred the Maker's 46.