Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Kentucky Bourbon has a rich and storied history dating back 200 years— Just as our fine Kentucky Bourbon takes time to reach perfection, you’ll want to plan accordingly to truly appreciate your Kentucky Bourbon Trail® journey. Tours are available at Tour Bulleit, Four Roses, Woodford Reserve, Wild Turkey, Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Town Branch, Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, and Heaven Hill. If all that sounds overwhelming and you want someone else to do all the driving and planning, limousine and bus tours are available so you can relax, take your time and savor the experience. Their experienced guides lead you from iconic distillery to distillery and all the fun places and landmarks in between.
Lebanon, 20 minutes outside of Campbellsville, is now an Official Trailhead of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail™. There’s a lot of history in this small town with the Civil War Trail and the John Hunt Morgan Trail. Stop by the beautiful Limestone Branch Distillery, a founding member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour™. Steve Beam and his crew will let you sample some of their handmade “sugar shine” products.
Next, head down the winding roads to the home of Maker’s Mark Distillery, a National Historic Landmark nestled in the rolling hills of Marion County in Loretto . There are plenty of signs to get you there in time to dip your own souvenir bottle in their signature red wax. This is one area of the tour where cell coverage is a little spotty, so put down the phone and enjoy this can’t-miss stop and its picturesque grounds, Whisky Creek and educational tour.
On the outskirts of Bardstown, an Official Trailhead of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail™ , you will see the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center. Here you can choose between several different tours including two supplementary tours (appt. required): Trolley Tour and Behind the Scenes Tour. At the conclusion of each tour you get a complimentary tasting in the barrel-shaped tasting room (naturally). Before heading back downtown, drop by Willett Distillery, only a stone’s throw from Heaven Hill Distilleries.
You are now in Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World® and the recently voted Most Beautiful Small Town in America! Don’t miss an opportunity to dine on classic Kentucky fare in the Old Talbott Tavern, have a nightcap in the “world’s oldest bourbon bar”, and even spend the night if you feel so inclined.
At this point your passport is tired and ragged but you only need a few more stamps to get that Kentucky Bourbon Trail® t-shirt. Jim Beam Distillery in Shepherdsville is your next stop, but we hope you saved some strength because you will not want to miss a second of this experience! Step into the new Jim Beam American Stillhouse to begin the interactive, multi-sensory tour. Shepherdsville is a perfect and convenient place to lay your head after so much bourbon education–making it an Official Trailhead of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail™
Just up I-65 is Louisville and also an ideal place to celebrate completing your passport with a stop at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. This fantastic new facility is an immersive experience right in the heart of downtown Louisville and its famed Whiskey Row. Need a place to stay afterward? The Louisville Marriott East is Kentucky’s only bourbon themed hotel. Ask about booking the Bourbon suite complete with Bourbon-barrel decor. Enjoy a “Bourbon of the day” and other nightly drink specials at Charr’d Restaurant and Lounge. While in Louisville make sure to stop by Art Eatables to indulge in a Small-Batch Bourbon Truffle that will melt your perception of what “luxurious” can be.