The smell of the angel’s share. The sight of rickhouses stacked to the rafters with spirits. The taste of fresh-from-the-barrel bourbon. A visit to a Kentucky bourbon distillery will be imprinted on your senses forever.


Many of Kentucky’s distilleries offer tours and tastings, each one of them a unique experience. Take a Hard Hat Tour at Buffalo Trace to see everything from cooking to fermentation to distilling up close. Hand-dip your own bottle of Maker’s Mark in the distillery's famous red wax. Or take a curated cocktail class and taste bourbon straight from the barrel at Bardstown Bourbon Company. For years Kentucky's bourbon industry was concentrated in central Kentucky but not today. Bardstown remains the Bourbon Capital but distilleries can be found in all parts of the state.  

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