Follow a Bourbon Trail to see and taste it all
The Scots have their Scotch. Italians, their wine. Russians, their Vodka. In America, we’ve got our Bourbon. Known as “America’s Native Spirit,” bourbon whiskey is the only alcohol that is a distinctive product of the United States.
In Kentucky, we take pride in that, especially considering 95 percent of this corn-based, caramel colored smooth-sipping icon is distilled, aged and bottled right here in the state’s Bourbon Country. It’s big business for the Bluegrass State. But more than industry, Bourbon is a culture, a history and heritage built by generations of Kentuckians from as early as the late 18th century.
Today, you too can experience the culture of Kentucky Bourbon Country – hit the high points and sample the best Kentucky bourbon on a self-guided bourbon trail or just stop by your favorite distillery for a tour.
Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Take the legendary Kentucky Bourbon Trail through the heart of bourbon country and stop in on eight of the state’s distilleries including Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam and Woodford Reserve. The Kentucky Bourbon trail allows you to tour Bourbon Country and experience the bourbon making process, view the facilities, amazingly beautiful surrounding landscapes, and stick around for after-tour tastings of the best Kentucky bourbon.
Urban Bourbon Trail
Headed back to the city? Once you’re done with your tour of bourbon country, the Urban Bourbon Trail in Louisville – a bourbon town if there ever was one – should be your next stop. The trail consists of “the world’s best bourbon bars,” all of which must serve at least 50 different kinds of Bourbon and hold at least one Bourbon-related event each month. Many of these bars and local restaurants even specialize in bourbon-related food dishes.
Other Bourbon Distilleries
Other Kentucky bourbon distilleries are also located in Bourbon Country. Distilleries such as Buffalo Trace and Barton 1792 Distillery are definitely worth visiting, and offer exciting tours and free tastings of fine bourbons.
In addition to the major distilleries, small batch craft distilleries are making a splash throughout the Commonwealth. See what they have to offer as you visit some of the stops on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Distillery Tour.
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