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Old June 21st, 2011, 08:42 AM   #1
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Default Kentucky Bourbon Tour

Has anyone here ever gone? Feedback appreciated.

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Old June 21st, 2011, 09:02 AM   #2
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While never doing a official tour of the bourbon trail, I have been to several distileries that are on the tour and toured them. I would love to go to the other couple I have not been to. My favorite was Wild Turkey. We were lucky enough to be in a small group and at the end of the tour the Master Distiller Jimmy Russell was sitting in a rocking chair in the gift shop. We talked to him for a good 45 minutes. Great experience.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 04:30 AM   #3
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I stopped at a few with my family, to ask directions to Lincoln's boyhood home.
Make sure you stop here:
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 10:15 AM   #4
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Went to Buffalo Trace, Makers Mark, and Four Roses in Kentucky, George Dickel, Jack Daniels and Prichards in Tennessee in April.

It was interesting and somewhat educational. I have been looking at setting up a fuel ethanol still and wanted to see how they did things. Buffalo Trace has a "Hard Hat" tour that you have to sign up in advance for but it takes you back into the manufacturing area which was very cool Four Roses was really lame, Makers Mark is ok but way out of the way to get to.

At George Dickel we were there for the first tour of the day and it was just my wife and I so got a good laid back tour. Jack Daniels was good but crowded and more industrial. Prichards was cool because it is a Mom and Pop operation that is set up in an old school house.

Most places have tastings so if you are going to more than one place in a day watch out for who is driving.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 07:59 PM   #5
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I went a few years back...cramming all of them in a weekend means you'll be rushing at a few of them. DD if you do the tasting at all of them. BUT, once you've got the "how it's made" at one the rest really just pitch the same thing.

That said, Buffalo trace and Makers Mark were by far the best when we went. Buffalo Trace does a "hard hard only" tour and I plan to go on that next time I'm down there. Both were very laid back, really good people...very knowledgeable as well.

Wild Turkey and Beam were good as well. Heaven hill was OK, four roses was meh, and of all the places Woodford Reserve was HORRIBLE - very snobby and real rude to you if you ask questions/take pictures while the tour is going on. I only suggest going here if you want your "free" shirt (dunno if they still do that).

FYI..if you want to see the stuff being made, don't go from like now through september. They all shut down because the water from the rivers gets too warm to properly brew. Don't remember the exact cut off date, but it's getting close..may want to call if you're planning it as a summer trip.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 11:42 PM   #6
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I love Kentucky bourbon and have visited several distilleries. I enjoyed it.
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