Kentucky Bourbon Experiences Where You can 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 real pride in that, especially considering 95 percent of this corn-based, caramel colored smooth-sipping icon is distilled, aged for years and bottled right here in the state’s Bourbon Country. A distillery must follow specific guidelines before it’s allowed to put “bourbon” on its label. For example, the best Kentucky bourbons must be aged in brand new, charred white oak barrels for at least two years!
It’s big business for the Bluegrass State. But more than industry, Bourbon is a culture, a part of American 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 at your favorite distillery.
Kentucky Bourbon Trail®
Take the legendary Kentucky Bourbon Trail® road trip and stop in on ten of the state’s distilleries including Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Bulleit, Four Roses, Town Branch, Wild Turkey, Evan Williams, Heaven Hill and Woodford Reserve (don’t forget to pick up a Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Passport). The Kentucky Bourbon Trail® is a journey that lets you experience the bourbon making process, learn about the recipes, view the facilities, amazingly beautiful surrounding landscapes, and stick around for after-tour tastings of the best Kentucky Bourbon.
In addition to the major distilleries, small batch craft distilleries are making a splash throughout the Commonwealth and creating some of the best Bourbon in the world. See what they have to offer as you visit some of the stops on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.®
Urban Bourbon Trail
Headed back to the city? Once you’re done with your tour of Bourbon Country, the Urban Bourbon Trail in downtown Louisville, KY – 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 that will please your palate.
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.
Use the search below to explore and find more information about the best Kentucky Bourbon, tour experiences and additional attractions and events. Select a few to visit on your next trip or make a special trip to try a drink from all of them.
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