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Black n Gold
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In need of recommendations of bourbon distillery tours
The wife and I will be spending some time in Kentucky this June, and we wanted to take a couple of distillery tours. Any in particular that you guys would consider must-see? I'm a big Woodford drinker, so unless someone was disappointed, I was planning on touring their distillery. Any other suggestions would be much appreciated.


Chitown_Badger
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I like 4 Roses.

May want to take a look at this, though I'm sure there are other smaller bourbon companies that make world class stuff (I'm just not educated enough to tell you which ones are worth visiting.)

LINK


The Spleen
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Didn't do the tour at Woodford because we got there too late, but the drive out to it is gorgeous. Also in that area are Four Roses, Wild Turkey, and Buffalo Trace.

Definitely do Buffalo Trace. It's an impressive facility and the tours are all great, and free.

I really liked the Four Roses one as well. They make you watch a short introduction video at the start of the tour, which lowered my expectations, but I liked that their entire distilling process was under one roof.

Wild Turkey was just okay. Their facility was brand new when we were up there a couple of years ago, and it sits on a bluff over the river which was pretty cool.

Maker's Mark is about an 60-90 minute drive from that area, and is a really good tour as well.
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fatboydave
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We did Jim Beam, Makers and two others in the area. The chocolate pecan bourbon balls at Makers Mark we the best things I had that whole trip! The tour was good also.

We also went to Mamouth Cave on the way back.


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scott8811
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following with the same question. Have basically requested my bachelor party weekend to be a trip along the bourbon trail. Suggestions are much appriciated


The Spleen
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That is a good resource. Buffalo Trace isn't on the official trail though, so you'll need to go direct to their site to book one of the tours. A lot of them were already booked when we went, but they were letting people hop on that didn't have reservations when we were there.

Also, don't plan on the Heaven Hill one near Bardstown. Complete waste of time. Unless they've changed to tour since we were there, we basically just were walked around a parking lot, then into a rickhouse.

If you end up in Bardstown area, the 1792 Distillery tour is pretty good. It's not on the official trail either, but is right in downtown Bardstown.

We didn't make it to the Four Roses bottling facility, just the distillery.


The Spleen
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re: In need of recommendations of bourbon distillery tours
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Have basically requested my bachelor party weekend to be a trip along the bourbon trail



How many people? We rented a house off VRBO for 4 adults. It was awesome. On a cattle farm pretty close to the Maker's Mark distillery. I can give you a link if interested.

There are tour companies that you hire a driver to take you around so everyone can drink worry free. A lot of windy, hilly, 2-lane roads that aren't well marked. We got lost a couple of times missing a turn. They were kind of pricey though, but may not be an issue for a bachelor party.


Black n Gold
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re: In need of recommendations of bourbon distillery tours
Is it reasonable to plan to do more than one in a day? I assume these tours end at some kind of bar?


scott8811
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at least 4 possibly 5 guys... and yea that be cool. We were thinking of making Louisville home base and going from there


The Spleen
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For sure. We did 3 per day pretty easily. Could have easily done 4 had we not spent so much time at some of the gift shops.

They all end in tasting rooms. Each one does it a little differently, but you basically get about a 1/2 shot of 3-4 of their offerings. No bars there due to state laws. They can only serve the sample pours. Not really enough to get drunk on. We carried a cooler of beer in the back of the truck to drink between stops.

Each one has a gift shop you can buy bottles of their bourbon and all kinds of other swag. The Maker's Mark and Buffalo Trace shops were the best. Tip though, the bourbon is cheaper at the local Kroger's than at the distilleries.

I'm on a work trip, but when I get home this weekend I can pull my travel journal out on more specifics. Places we ate, bars we found, best tours, etc.


The Spleen
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Louisville is actually probably a better idea for a bachelor party. This house was out there. Closest town with a bar/restaurant was a good 15-20 minute drive.

Here's the house though...

VRBO


Black n Gold
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re: In need of recommendations of bourbon distillery tours
On a side note, is Churchill Downs worth the visit and tour?


scott8811
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cool... sadly I think most of the guys will confined to a FR-Sun stay... am I gonna be able to do a good but if touring then. I'm not expecting to do the whole trail.

Buffalo trace is my everyday stuff so that one is a must see for me... other than that up for whatever


The Spleen
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We never made it up to Louisville. We were there the weekend the Breeder's Cup was at Keenland in Lexington. We tried to get tickets, but they were ridiculously priced. It was also the year American Pharoah had won the Triple Crown and was running in the Breeder's Cup. SRO tickets were around $500.


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The Spleen
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You can easily hit the 4 around Buffalo Trace in one day if you plan it right. That would be Wild Turkey, Buffalo Trace, 4 Roses, and Woodford Reserve. That was our plan, but we got to Woodford a few minutes after the last tour of the day left. We took a longer lunch than planned though, and wandered around the Buffalo Trace gift shop a while, so it was our fault. We got to Wild Turkey 10-15 minutes before they opened to get on the first tour.

We did that on a Friday, and they do get a little more crowded on Saturdays so keep that in mind. All 4 of those are within about a 30 minute drive from each other, if I remember right. Each tour takes about an hour.


scott8811
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re: In need of recommendations of bourbon distillery tours
About how far are they from Louisville?


Chitown_Badger
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Something to consider...Louisville and Lexington are perfectly nice cities, but if it's me, I'm finding a cabin somewhere in the middle and doing it up there. Get away from it all, have an entire house, woods to do manly shite in, a place for bonfires, deck for grilling and drinking beer and bourbon. Of course you'd need a DD to get to the establishments.

I found this place on a really quick search.

LINK

More expensive but probably negotiable.

LINK


The Spleen
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I think it's about an hour.


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scott8811
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Dee an option. The main thing I'm into is the bourbon so I wouldn't mind that all. Don't know about the other guys


The Spleen
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Of course you'd need a DD to get to the establishments.



Honestly, it's possible to enjoy the tours, partake in the tasting room samples, and not have to worry about this if you're a regular drinker with some tolerance. I never caught a buzz from the samples. Obviously that changes if you're having beers/cocktails between stops, have drinks at lunch, etc. We did 3 days of tours, and only one day did I get drunk, and that was after several beers at lunch, and drinking beers between stops. The other 2 days I had a beer or two between stops and never felt buzzed.


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