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Kentucky Bourbon Country
Explore the Kentucky Bourbon Country and it’s rich tradition and proud history of “America’s Native Spirit” featuring bourbon distilleries nestled among the most beautiful scenery the Bluegrass has to offer. Travel with Mint Julep Tours for pre-planned and customizable experiences on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and the best distilleries in Kentucky.
Jim Beam Distillery
Jim Beam is one of the largest distilleries in the world. Tours includes the distillery, warehouse, bottling line, and a small museum. The tasting room features pneumatic tasting machines with over 18 products to choose from. The gift shop has a wide array of bottles and merchandise available.
Maker’s Mark Distillery
One of the most beautiful distillery grounds in Kentucky, visitors travel along Whiskey Creek through the distillery and warehouses. At the end of the tour you’ll sample Maker’s Mark, Maker’s Mark 46 and the new-make white whiskey before it enters the barrel. You also get the opportunity to purchase a bottle and dip it yourself in the Maker’s Mark’s red wax.
Woodford Reserve Distillery
Nestled in the heart of the Bluegrass Region near Versailles, Kentucky, the distillery sits amongst scenic thoroughbred horse farms. Distillation began here in 1790 making it the oldest distillery currently in operation. Distillery buildings feature ancient stone and huge copper pot stills.
Four Roses Distillery
Located in Lawrenceburg, the Four Roses Distillery features a unique Spanish Mission-Style architecture. Built in 1910, it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Four Roses is the only distillery that combines five proprietary yeast strains with two separate mash bills to produce ten distinct recipes.
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace is the longest continuously operating distillery, during prohibition the distillery was permitted to make whiskey for “medicinal purposes”. They’ve been making their legendary bourbon whiskey for over 200 years and have recognizable brands such as Blanton’s, Eagle Rare, and Pappy Van Winkle.
Wild Turkey Distillery
Tours include the factory and facility where the distillation process takes place, the bottling plant, and a tasting in the new visitor’s center that overlooks the Kentucky River valley. One might even find the elder statesman of bourbon, Master Distiller Jimmy Russell, greeting visitors and signing bottles.
Heaven Hill Distillery
Located in Bardstown, Kentucky, tours feature a look at a bourbon warehouse and around the museum-like Bourbon Heritage Center. Tastings feature several of their many brands which include Heaven Hill, Old Fitzgerald, Elijah Craig, Evan Williams, and William Heavenhill.
Alltech Brewing & Distilling Company
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company is home to Kentucky Ale, a craft beer brewery. They make Town Branch Bourbon, Pearce Lyons Malt Whiskey, and Bluegrass Sundown. Tour includes an in-depth look at the bourbon distillation process and the beer bottling line.
Willett is the oldest family operated distillery in Kentucky. Unlike most distilleries that employ hundreds, Willett has around 15 full time employees. Instead of hundreds of barrels produced per day, Willett makes around a dozen.
Limestone Branch Distillery
Under the guidance of their father, brothers Steve and Paul Beam reconstructed a micro-distillery reminiscent of an era gone by with authenticity in mind. They use a 150-gallon hand-hammered copper pot still to produce small, one-barrel batches of the finest product.
Barrel House Distilling Co.
It began when a group of longtime friends, playing poker, tossed around the idea of starting a small batch distillery in Lexington, a city rich in distilling heritage. Two of the friends went all-in, establishing their new company in the barreling house of an old Lexington bourbon distillery.
Barton 1792 Distillery
Located in historic Bardstown, Barton 1792 is owned by the Sazerac company, who also own Buffalo Trace. When entering the grounds, visitors pass by the world’s largest bourbon barrel. The tour includes a tasting as well as an up close look at a column till, a bourbon warehouse, and the bottling line.
The Bulleit Bourbon Experience at Stitzel-Weller Distillery
Located five miles from downtown Louisville, this historic distillery has never previously been opened to the public. Visitors walk the hallowed grounds and learn the history of Bulleit Bourbon. Sample Bulleit brands, enjoy bourbon-inspired appetizers and desserts, and leave with a Bulleit glass.
Four Roses Warehouse and Bottling Facility
Four Roses is the only distillery using single-story rack warehouses to minimize temperature variations, which provides a gentle, undisturbed and more stable aging process. Tours meet in the new Visitor Center that features antique bottles, vintage advertising and other memorabilia.
Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
Located on downtown Louisville’s historic “Whiskey Row,” the EWBE features an artisanal distillery, tours, tastings, and event space. Celebrating the legacy of Evan Williams, Kentucky’s first distiller. This experience brings to life the history and tradition of Kentucky’s native spirit.
Copper & Kings Distillery
An American Brandy company, Copper & Kings opened with a brand new distillery located in Butchertown, which is adjacent to downtown Louisville. Founded by Joe and Leslie Heron, their ambition is to make beautiful apple and grape brandies in a uniquely non-traditional, modern American idiom.
Angels Envy Distillery
Angel’s Envy Distillery is Louisville’s newest attraction located right on Main Street in downtown Louisville. With 200 years of bourbon heritage that’s inspired by the legendary Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson’s lifetime spent crafting spirits.
Castle and Key Distillery
Jeptha Creed Distillery
At Jeptha Creed Distillery, they use old fashioned methods to meet today’s demanding modern tastes. They use only the finest ingredients, which are locally grown and sourced (when possible) to ensure their products meet the highest expectations for quality and flavor.
Kentucky Artisan Distillery
Located in Crestwood, KY, the Kentucky Artisan Distillery was started by a partnership of individuals with a common dream. Their dream was to produce an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn and experience the craft of spirit production.
Kentucky Peerless Distillery Co.
Their family’s very first bourbon went into barrel in 1889. They revived the craft in their own state-of-the-art distillery, where they use the finest ingredients. Their belief is that patience builds character & fine bourbon can never be rushed.