I've only gotten into Bourbon in the last few years. I used to work with a bunch of guys who loved it. They were always trying to get me to drink it, but I never had a taste for it. That's until the first time I had Blanton's. It started me on a slow but sure love for bourbon. But this post is about Maker's Mark, Robin!
I heard about Chihuly Nights at Maker's Mark Distillery through the grapevine. Maker's had recently opened a restaurant, Star Hill Provisions, and were offering three-course communal dinners paired with bourbon cocktails. The tickets also came with the self-guided tour of the well-lit works of Chihuly that are installed around the grounds.
Jodi and I drove down to Loretto, Ky and found the one hotel located near Maker's Mark. It was sprinkling on the drive down, but by the time it came to leave for the tour, this was our view from the window.
Much to our chagrin, we decided to skip the tour ahead of dinner so that we could stay dry. We picked up our included drink tickets when we arrived and did a couple of tastings. We then made our way down to Star Provisions, grabbing a few photos along the way. This was my first time at Maker's Mark, and I was blown away by how pretty the grounds were. I've been to a few distilleries, and this is definitely one of the more beautiful.
We were seated next to three other couples. One couple was from Ohio which always seems to happen when we travel. The chef came out and welcomed everyone and ran down what we would be having for the evening. The courses came out, each prettier than the last alongside our favorite part... the drinks. We tried a couple of new-to-us bourbons including Cask Strength (yes, please) and the Private Select, Star Hill Provisions.
We ended up returning the next day to see everything we missed during the downpour the night before. We had another great meal at the restaurant for lunch and bought a bottle of cask strength to dip ourselves of course.
I hope they offer these dinners again in the future. It was a perfect overnight trip from Columbus.