The best part of living in Lexington, Kentucky? All of the distilleries! With most of the heavy hitters of the bourbon industry located throughout Kentucky, it’s hard to not enjoy any distillery you wander in to. Although, if you are trying to limit your list, here are six distilleries you have to visit along the Bourbon Trail.
Four Roses Distillery
Did you know that the Four Roses Distillery is on the National Register of Historic Places? You learn something new every day! With a distinguished Spanish Mission-style architecture, you can tour both the distillery and the warehouse with samples of bourbon along the way.
Woodford Reserve Distillery
The Woodford Reserve Distillery has an interesting twist on the classic distillery tour by offering three tours! The traditional tour gives a basic overview of the facility and Woodford Reserve, the “Corn to Cork” tour showcases the entire process of distilling bourbon, and the National Landmark tour takes you through two centuries of history that make the distillery a Historic Landmark.
Jim Beam has been making bourbon since 1795, so they know a thing or two about America’s Native Spirit. There are two locations, one in Clermont and one in Louisville, both offering tours, tastings, and events.
Maker’s Mark Distillery
The Marker’s Mark facility has a charming look and feel and offers a one-hour tour for just $9! Once you’ve taken a tour and tasted some bourbon, head over to our acclaimed restaurant, Star Hill Provisions, for dinner.
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace offers a standard tour, but we highly recommend the “Hard Hat tour if you have time – it gives a more behind-the-scenes look at the distilling process and a peek at where they create their Experimental Collection.
Wild Turkey Distillery
With a sleek and modern-looking visitor’s center and a tasting room with a copper still from the original Wild Turkey distillery, you’ll be in awe the second you step on the Wild Turkey property. The owner, Jimmy Russel, is the longest-tenured active master distiller in the world and has been preserving a tradition that dates back generations for over 60 years. Time to stop in for a tour and a sample!