I’ve been pretty hard on Kentucky (and Kentucky’s been pretty hard on me… ) but I want to be clear that there are many good things about the place. You just have to know what and where they are.
Case in point: Bourbon balls. Betcha didn’t even know bourbon had balls, did you? Well, it does, and they are delicious.
There are two main producers of bourbon balls: Ruth Hunt and Rebecca Ruth. Each has its loyalists. Ruth Hunt, the Official Bourbon Balls of the Kentucky Derby (I am not making this up) uses Woodford Reserve from Labrot & Graham; the latter uses Evan Williams. Both are worthy, but I like Rebecca Ruth just a smidge better. Some of you may already know my propensity for bourbon and chocolate, so these are right up my alley.
Bourbon balls have a center of bourbon-infused butter cream, robed in dark chocolate and topped with a perfect pecan half. Different batches we’ve had over the years have varied in flavor from mellow vanilla-honey notes to white-hot booziness, depending on the freshness and, I guess, how sauced the confectioner was that day.
So what are you waiting for? Go order some! Heck, you can still get them for good old Dad.
One year ago today … I wrote a mash note to my wooden spatula. It’s even more worn down now!