I started with Scotch some years ago, and during a Whisky festival in Holland stumbled onto Blanton Gold which i liked very much! Since then i've had an interest for Bourbon as well which is now really taking off because i've planned to start my holiday to the US at the KBF '09, and travel onwards to Jack and George in Tennessee. Because of that holdiday i've decided to do some reasearch here on the forum and with the actual liquer as well , i've bought some bottles that are highly recommended in gereral on this forum. So far i really like the OWA Antique 7, WT8 101, Blanton Gold, GTS'08 and the Sazerac Rye (about 6yr if i'm correct).
My question(s) is/are about the KBF '09, which tours do you recommend and which festivities should i book? I really want to visit as many distilleries as possible and taste as much varieties of Bourbon, Rye and other Whiskey. Is the festival similar like Whisky festivals in Europe where you are able to buy drams from bottlings you like to taste or are rare (like the various one offs from Buffalo Trace), or is it 'only' the standard bottlings that are available? There isn't much info about this on the festival site itself.
Also, which places are recommended to stay (i'm sort of a backpacker), so far i've only booked my flightticket.
PS I arrive on wednessday evening, so i miss the first bit of the festival ;(.
Will be back regurarly for research, fun reading, asking questions, etc.