Tour Times: Monday thru Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on the hour; Sunday, 12:30; 1:30; 2:30; 3:30 p.m. (March - December). Gift Shop/Visitor Center Hours: Monday thru Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended and available online (click on the visit tab). Historic Willett Distillery is an independent and family-owned business that fist got its permit to distill back in 1936. The property sits on the outskirts of lovely Bardstown, Kentucky, in an atmosphere that is quintessential Kentucky. Bardstown literally owns the name “Bourbon Capital of the World,” and in 2012 the USA Today and Rand McNally proclaimed Bardstown “The Most Beautiful Small Town in America.” Once on the distillery grounds, one begins to understand just how unique the distillery and its surroundings are. Great efforts to restore the main distillery building, cistern room, aging warehouses and many other aspects of the grounds have the left the property totally transformed, with more exciting developments in the works. From the underground, spring-fed lakes, to the Kentucky split-face limestone exterior, to the old turn-of-the-century belt and pulley fan systems running throughout the distillery and visitor center, it truly makes for a memorable trip.In the latter portion of 2011 the family opened a visitor center and tasting room. It is quite common for the visitor center to carry very rare releases of Single Barrel Bourbon and Rye Whiskeys. Daily tours are offered.