Local H is, last I checked, one of my all-time favorite bands. Learning that Scott Lucas wrote a song about my favorite top-shelf liquor was pretty cool. Except I couldn't shake a nagging doubt that "Buffalo Trace" is not, in fact, about Maker's Mark. It's not that I couldn't imagine Lucas writing a song about bourbon. Quite the opposite, in fact. It's just that the song in question does not actually support the assertion made about it. See, there's no mention of the Maker's distillery being at or near a location called "Heaven Hill." There's no mention of anyone named "Parker" in relation to the Maker's distillery. However, if you go north about fifteen miles you'll end up at yet another distillery. One named Heaven Hill Distilleries. One that employs a head distiller by the name of Parker Beam. There's no real point to this lesson, beyond that whole thing about not trusting Wikipedia and applying a bit of common sense and skepticism when evaluating sources.
Local H released a song about Maker's Mark on their 2002 album Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles? The song "Buffalo Trace" includes the lyrics:
Eight hours to get to Heaven Hill Head down - due south - past Louisville Don't stop until the bourbon still Parker says we can drink our fill
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Remember, Kids, Check Your Sources...
I was on the Wikipedia page for Maker's Mark yesterday. Yes, there was a good reason. I'm still trying to figure out the whole bourbon/whiskey/whisky thing (it's surprisingly complicated: whisk(e)y is a type of hard liquor. "Whisky" comes from Scotland or Wales or has a Scottish/Welsh heritage while "whiskey" is Irish. Bourbon is a variety of whisk(e)y that comes from Bourbon County, Kentucky, is at least half corn and is mixed and aged in a specific way. Oh, yeah, and "scotch" is analogous to "bourbon" in that they both denote geographic location of distillation). Anyway, the Maker's Mark Wiki page included this little gem: