Blogging about bourbon this time around at TheAlcoholProfessor.com, although beer is very much in the conversation:
When you tell strangers you’re from Kentucky, they usually make two immediate assumptions: That you love horse racing, and that you drink bourbon.
Horse racing is OK, but I have a confession to make: I’m a Kentuckian who has never liked bourbon.
This is not to say I don’t appreciate good bourbon; I am a craft beer enthusiast, and I’ve got a pretty good palate for wine, too, so I understand the enthusiasm for complex flavors. But bourbon and my palate have never become friends. And on the bourbon-and-horse-racing point, I’ll just say this: The mint julep is one of the most awful concoctions I’ve ever tasted.