America’s native spirit was born in Kentucky. Bourbon, the drink of choice for generations, has made an epic resurgence in recent decades and has launched Kentucky onto the world stage. Now, Kentucky is telling the story of the pure ingredients and craftsmanship that go into creating some of the best spirits in the world. By focusing on the simplest elements, this four-part documentary series will depict thematic stories profiling leading distilleries, master distillers, history and ancillary bourbon places such as cooperages, restaurants and bars.
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At Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto, every barrel of bourbon starts with simple, pure, limestone-filtered water that originates from a spring-fed lake. Clean water is vital to life and the bourbon craft, so the property includes a water sanctuary dedicated to improving plant diversity, groundwater, and wildlife habitat.
At Green River Distilling (formerly OZ Tyler Distillery) in Western Kentucky, master distiller Jacob Call is descended from seven generations of Kentuckians and three generations of distillers. Despite the distillery’s technological innovations in aging spirits, Call credits the essential elements for their high-quality bourbon -- namely corn, barley and rye that they acquire from local farmers. Call visits the fields and meets the farmers before cooking and fermenting grain at the distillery.