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“Interesting -- much like touring wineries in CAlifornia... Recommend reservations”

Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Ranked #57 of 1 050 things to do in Kentucky
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Owner description: Where the Spirit Leads YouFor more than 200 years, Kentucky's legendary distilleries have crafted the world's finest Bourbons, using secret recipes and a time-honored process passed down from generation to generation.Now you can explore the rich tradition and proud history of "America's Official Native Spirit" on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail(R) tour, featuring 9 signature distilleries nestled among the most beautiful scenery the Bluegrass has to offer.Discover the art and science of the Master Distiller...Savor the distinct, mellow flavor...And see how Kentucky's perfect natural mix of weather and pure limestone water produces the classic taste and deep amber color.World-renowned Bourbon.Winding country roads.Inviting historic towns.Rolling green hills.And Bluegrass hospitality at its best.The Kentucky Bourbon Trail(R) tour - where the spirit leads you.
Reviewed 19 April 2018

We've been to Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. Couldn't get into the latter due to full bookings. Standby at Wild Turkey. Recommend you get reservations. You can also just do tastings for between $10 and $12 a person with expert commentary, but the interest is in the tours.

Be prepared to walk or climb. Ask about requirements. This is an interesting way to spend a few days. Off to Jim Beam and Maker's Mark tomorrow>

4  Thank Gloria G
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

For many years, we wanted to go to the Kentucky bourbon trail. Finally, we did on a stormy spring weekend to celebrate a birthday. We started with Maker’s Mark distillery which is located on a beautiful country side very far from the highway. It is on an remote location. They were closing @3:30 pm unlike the others, that is why we started with them. Loved the tasting and their truffles. Be sure to buy the Maker’s 46 truffles! Then, we toured the Wild Turkey and Woodford reserve. On one day, you can visit four distilleries if you like to do the tours with bourbon tasting. Make sure to start early and have lunch at the Old Talbott Tavern.

8  Thank TrWorldTraveler
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

First advice I'd give, is to give yourself plenty of time to do the whole tour. Some distilleries have time slots so call to make sure and plan on the travel time between them. You can either start in Louisville or Lexington.
When my wife and I did the KBT a few years ago we took 3 days to visit the 8 that were part of the tour. With two more added......... Plan accordingly. Plus a few that aren't part of the KBT but worth visiting. Buffalo Trace is one I'd recommend highly.
There are other neat places to see and visit.
Samples, gift shops, food and lots of memories.

6  Thank Glenn D
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

We accidentally came across this while staying in Louisville a couple of years ago. We decided this was the year to do it. The trip was very informative for me and it was good driving across Kentucky. Some was better than others but nothing was bad!

1  Thank Brian M
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

There are ten distillery tours. If you get the passport stamped, you used to get a free t-shirt. Not anymore. Now you get a stupid glass. If you want a t shirt you have to buy it. TBH it's not worth all the trouble. The best ones are makers mark, bulleit. I hate wild turkey. If I had known I wasn't going to get the t shirt I would not have wasted my time and money going to all of them

They are soon going to add 14 distilleries to the trail. So there will be an even less of incentive to do all the tours

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