18 Best Distilleries Along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail - Scenic States (2023)

Exploring the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is one of the best ways to learn about bourbon, Kentucky history, and take scenic drives in bluegrass country, all in one trip.

No wonder it has attracted 2.5 million visitors from all over the country in the last five years.

In this article, I’ll cover pretty much everything you need to know about the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, including which distilleries to visit, when to go and where to stay.

What is the Kentucky Bourbon Trail?

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) established the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in 1999 as a road-trip style experience with 10 major distilleries in the Louisville and Lexington areas.

Today, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a collection of 18 major bourbon whiskey distilleries (Heritage Distilleries) and 23 smaller and newer microdistilleries (Craft Distilleries) that will give you the ultimate experience of learning all about Kentucky bourbon: its history, technology, craftsmanship, and artistry.

Of course, all the bourbon tasting sessions are a great perk, too.

Each of the bourbon distilleries offers a completely different experience and I highly recommend you visit them all (if you have the time, of course).

What is Kentucky Bourbon?

Before you explore the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, here’s a brief explainer of some of the products you’ll encounter.

Whiskey is a broad term for an alcoholic beverage made from a fermented grain mash that is distilled and aged in oak barrels.

For a whiskey to be called bourbon, it must meet the following requirements:

  • Made in the USA
  • Mash must be at least 51% corn
  • Mash must be distilled at 160 proof or less
  • Aged in new charred oak barrels at 125 proof or less
  • No additional coloring or flavoring in the mash
  • Bottled at a minimum of 80 proof

Major Distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

In general, distillery tours last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. You’ll get to learn some history and facts about Kentucky bourbon, view a few or all steps of bourbon production, and taste a few of their product offerings.

0. Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Welcome Center

The Frazier History Museum houses several educational exhibits and collections that tell of Kentucky’s history and its place in national and even international history.

Perhaps this is why this was made the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in 2018 even though it’s not a distillery.

At the welcome center, you can talk to the friendly concierges who’ll have information on the trail’s distilleries and all the best places to experience the best of Kentucky cuisine and nightlife.

You can also buy your Kentucky Bourbon Trail Passport and Field Guide here. This contains information about all the distilleries on the trail, maps, cocktail recipes, trip planning resources, and many more.

Get a stamp from every distillery that you tour, complete the stamps on the passport, and get special gifts.

Essential Information
Location: 829 W Main St., Louisville, KY | 502-753-1699
Hours: Mon–Sat 10am–5pm; Sun 12am–5pm

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1. Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery

A short walk down the block from Ground Zero of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery.

Learn about their unique process, from high-quality ingredients to chill filtering their products.

Essential Information
Location: 801 W Main St., Louisville, KY | 502-389-4290
Must-try Products: Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Sour Mash, 10-Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Tours: Discovery Tour ($20 per head); Founders Tour ($50 per head); Legacy Tour ($100 per head)
Hours: Wed–Sat 11am – 5pm; Sun 1pm–5pm; Mon–Tue closed

2. Evan Williams Bourbon Experience

Evan Williams was the first distillery on Whiskey Row, opening way back in 1783 on the banks of the Ohio River.

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Their place feels like a museum that takes you on a fascinating journey throughout time, where you’ll learn all about this area of the state and all about the history of bourbon in this Kentucky distillery.

Essential Information
Location: 528 W Main St., Louisville, KY | 502-272-2623
Must-try Products: Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Honey Bourbon, Single Barrel Bourbon
Tours: Traditional Tour and Tasting ($18 per head); Speakeasy Tasting Experience ($25 per head); The Ideal Bartender Experience ($35 per head)
Hours: Tue–Thu 11am – 5pm; Fri–Sat 10am–5pm; Sun, 1pm–5pm

3. Old Forester Distilling Co.

Old Forester is the only bourbon continuously distilled by the founders before, during, and after Prohibition, with their first bourbon produced way back in 1870.

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They take great pride in their process, and you get to witness all the stages when you take their tour.

Essential Information
Location: 119 W Main St., Louisville, KY | 502-779-2222
Must-try Products: Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 1920 Prohibition Style, 2004 Birthday Bourbon
Tours: Old Forester Tour ($32 per head); Nothing Better In The Market ($70 per head)
Hours: Tue–Sat 10am–5pm; Sun–Mon closed

4. Angel’s Envy Distillery

Angel’s Envy specializes in finished bourbon and rye; their bourbon is finished in port wine barrels, and their rye is finished in rum casks.

Finished bourbon is a bit controversial (see the definition of bourbon above), but it doesn’t make Angel’s Envy products less exquisite.

Essential Information
Location: 500 E Main St., Louisville, KY | 502-779-2222
Must-try Products: Port Finished Bourbon, Rum Finished Rye, Finished Cask Strength
Tours: Signature Tour ($25 per head); Bottle Your Own Tour (temporarily unavailable; $99 per head)
Hours: Mon, Wed: 10am–5pm; Tue 12pm–5pm; Thu 10am–7pm; Fri–Sat: 10am–8pm; Sun: 12:30pm–5:30pm

5. Rabbit Hole Distillery

Rabbit Hole Distillery is one of the most recent additions to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail; their ultra-modern facility in Nulu (New Louisville) opened in August 2018.

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The husband and wife team who founded this distillery aims to innovate and elevate the art of bourbon.

Essential Information
Location: 711 E Jefferson St., Louisville, KY | 502-561-2000
Must-try Products: Cavehill (4-Grain Bourbon), Heigold (High Rye Bourbon), Founder’s Collection: Boxergrail (Cask Strength Rye Whiskey)
Tours: Distillery Tour ($25 per head)
Hours: Tue–Sat 10am–5pm; Sun–Mon closed

6. Stitzel–Weller Distillery

Stitzel–Weller Distillery has had a long history, even closing for 22 years before gaining new life in 2014.

Today, they are home to three brands of bourbon, all exceptional in their own unique way.

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Essential Information
Location: 3860 Fitzgerald Road, Louisville, KY | 502-810-3800
Must-try Products: Blade And Bow Bourbon, I.W. Harper 15-Year-Old Bourbon, Orphan Barrel Rhetoric (20- to 25-Year-Old Bourbon)
Tours: The Stitzel-Weller Experience ($25 per head); Progressive Walking & Tasting Tour ($65 per head)
Tastings: Chocolate Tasting Experience ($30 per head); A Taste of History ($30 per head); Cocktails Through The Ages ($60 per head)
Hours: Wed–Sat, 10am–5:30pm; Sun, 12:30pm–5:30pm; Mon–Tue closed

7. Bulleit Distilling Company

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey was formerly produced in Stitzel–Weller Distillery until they moved into their new distillery in Shelbyville. They’ve won awards for their sustainable approach to producing great whiskey.

Essential Information
Location: 3464 Benson Pike, Shelbyville, KY | 502-647-5799
Must-try Products: Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Rye Whiskey, Barrel Strength Bourbon
Tours: The Frontier Whiskey Experience ($22 per head)
Tastings: Unlocking the Senses ($18 per head)
Hours: Wed–Sat 10am–5pm; Sun 11:30pm–5pm; Mon–Tue closed

8. Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. (Makers of Town Branch Bourbon)

The only distillery and brewery on the trail, you can learn about both bourbon-making and beer-making when touring their facility, plus tastings of bourbon and beer at the end of the tour.

Essential Information
Location: 401 Cross St., Lexington, KY | 859-255-2337
Must-try Products: Town Branch Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Town Branch Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey, Town Brand Single Malt Whiskey
Tours: Brewery & Distillery Tour and Tasting ($13 per head)
Hours: Mon–Sat 9:30am–5pm; Sun 12pm–5pm; Mon–Tue closed

9. Woodford Reserve Distillery

Operating since 1812, the Woodford Reserve Distillery is the oldest on this list and the only distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail designated as a National Historic Landmark.

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Essential Information
Location: 7785 McCracken Pike Versailles, KY | 859-879-1812
Must-try Products: Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Distiller’s Select, Master’s Collection
Tours: (strictly reservations required) Path To Flavor Tour ($32 per head); Innovation Inspired Tour and Tasting ($125 per head); VIP Master Distiller Tour Experience ($500 per head)
Tastings: (strictly reservations required) Spectacle For The Senses ($25 per head)
Hours: Vary depending on the specific tour booked

10. Rare Breed Distilling (Makers of Wild Turkey Bourbon)

The Wild Turkey Bourbon is another popular distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and is one of the few Kentucky distilleries that produce some of the most popular bourbons in the world.

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Essential Information
Location: 1417 Versailles Rd, Lawrenceburg, KY | 502-839-4544
Must-try Products: Wild Turkey Bourbon, Rare Breed Bourbon, Wild Turkey American Honey Sting
Tours: Temporarily unavailable due to renovations; check back for updated tour options
Hours: Thu–Sat 9am–5pm; Sun 12pm–4pm; Mon–Wed closed

11. Four Roses Distillery

The distillery was built in 1910 and has always produced Four Roses Bourbon, although, for a number of decades in the 20th century, it was only sold in Europe and Japan.

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Their expanded visitor center just opened at the end of 2021, with modern facilities tucked inside Spanish architecture.

Essential Information
Location: 1224 Bonds Mill Rd, Lawrenceburg, KY | 502-839-3436/502-839-2655
Must-try Products: Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Small Batch, Single Barrel
Tours: Distillery Legacy Tour ($22 per head)
Tastings: Single Barrel Flight ($45 per head); A Taste of History ($16 per head)
Hours: Wed–Sat 9am–4pm; Sun 12pm–4pm; Mon–Tue closed

12. Bardstown Bourbon Company

Bardstown Bourbon’s location is one of the most sophisticated ones on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, with a focus on open spaces and clear glass.

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They also have a kitchen and bar right on the premises where you can get a sumptuous meal before or after your tasting and/or tour.

Essential Information
Location: 1500 Parkway Dr., Bardstown, KY | 502-233-4769
Must-try Products: Fusion Series Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Discovery Series Blended Whiskey
Tours: From Distillate to Barrel Tour ($15 per head); Behind the Scenes with Head Distiller ($50 per head); Tour with The Master Distiller ($95 per head); Fill Your Own Bottle VIP Experience ($295 per head)
Tastings: Bardstown Bourbon Company Tasting ($20 per head); Rickhouse Barrel Thieving ($30 per head); A Taste of Whiskey History ($250 per head)
Hours: Wed–Sun 10am–5pm; Mon–Tue closed

13. Lux Row Distillers

Lux Row Distillers produces bourbon and whiskey for 5 different brands. Their distillery opened in 2018, though the parent company Luxco has been around since the 1950s.

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Essential Information
Location: 1 Lux Row, 3050 E John Rowan Blvd, Bardstown, KY | 502-337-7420
Must-try Products: Blood Oath Bourbon, Ezra Brooks Bourbon, Rebel Bourbon
Tours: Warehouse & Whiskey ($10 per head); Lux Row Distillers Production Tour ($15 per head)
Tastings: Lux Row Premium Tasting ($25 per head)
Hours: Tue–Sat 10am–4pm; Sun–Mon closed

14. Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience

Founded in 1935 by the Shapira family, Heaven Hill Distillery is the country’s largest family-owned and operated distilled spirits supplier.

The visitor center in Bardstown is not where their current distillery is—they’re currently distilling in the historic Bernheim Distillery in Louisville. Sadly, their original distillery burned down in 1996.

Essential Information
Location: 1311 Gilkey Run Rd., Bardstown, KY | 502-272-2623
Must-try Products: Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, Henry McKenna Single Barrel, Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Tastings: Magic of the Mashbill ($18 per head); Whiskey Connoisseur Experience ($25 per head); You Do Bourbon ($40 per head)
Hours: Mon–Thu 11am–5pm; Fri–Sat 10am–5pm; Sun 1pm–5pm

15. James B. Beam Distilling Company

Jim Beam is the top-selling bourbon in the world, and their distillery is known as the birthplace of bourbon and easily the most popular on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

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Their newly renovated American Outpost replaced the American Stillhouse in 202 as a visitor and retail center.

Essential Information
Location: 568 Happy Hollow Rd, Clermont, KY | 502-543-9877
Must-try Products: Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Jim Beam Black, Jim Beam Honey
Tours: Beam Made Bourbon ($22 per head);
Tasting: Meet the Family ($12 per head); Basil Hayden Culinary Tasting Experience ($50 per head)
Hours: Wed–Sat 9am–5:30pm; Sun 12pm–4pm; Mon–Tue closed

16. Maker’s Mark

Another favorite on the trail, Maker’s Mark Distillery is perfect if you’re looking for both aesthetics and history.

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Take your time strolling through the grounds and take lots of pictures. Buy yourself an undipped bottle in the gift shop and you’ll get to hand-dip it in red wax.

Essential Information
Location: 3350 Burks Spring Rd, Loretto, KY | 270-865-2099
Must-try Products: Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Maker’s Mark 46, Maker’s Mark Private Selection
Tours: The Maker’s Mark Tour ($22 per head)
Hours: Mon–Sat 9:30am–5pm; Sun closed

17. Wilderness Trail Distillery

The Wilderness Trail Distillery joined the trail in 2019, making it the newest stop.

It’s also a chance to learn a different way to make bourbon; they use the sweet mash technique instead of the sour mash technique, bringing out a more subtle blend of flavors.

Essential Information
Location: 4095 Lebanon Rd, Danville, KY | 859-402-8707
Must-try Products: Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 6-Year Bourbon, Wheated Bottled in Bond
Tours: Distillery Tour ($15 per head)
Hours: Tue–Sat 9am–5pm; Sun–Mon closed

18. Green River Distilling Company

The Green River Distillery is another historic distillery, producing bourbon for various brands since the end of Prohibition.

This stop is quite a distance away from the other distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail (it’s not even in the same time zone), but you won’t regret driving out here if you have the time.

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Essential Information
Location: 10 Distillery Road in Owensboro, KY | 270-691-9001
Must-try Products: Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Tours: Distillery Tour and Tasting ($20 per head); Barrel Thieving Distillery Tour ($45 per head)
Tastings: Sit and Sip ($12 per head)
Hours: Mon–Sat 10am–3pm; Sun closed

Planning Your Kentucky Bourbon Trail Itinerary

There are many ways to plan your trip, but here’s our suggested itinerary based on the general area of the distilleries.

Days One and Two: Louisville Area: Welcome Center + 6 Louisville distilleries
Day Three: Lexington Area: Four Roses, Wild Turkey, Woodford, Town (+ Bulleit)
Day Four: Bardstown Area: Bardstown, Lux Row, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark
Day Five: Outliers: Wilderness, Green River

When’s the best time to visit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail?

While Kentucky distilleries are open year-round, visiting during the fall or spring months is ideal. Bourbon is in full production, and the weather is just right.

I don’t recommend visiting during the summer months as the weather is hot and the temperatures inside can be unbearable.

Where should I stay on the Bourbon Trail?

I would recommend staying in the Louisville or Lexington areas so you can be as close as possible to more distilleries on the trail.

You’ll find that these places have the easiest access to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and plenty of hotels, Airbnbs, and restaurants.

If I have to choose only one distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, which one should I choose?

It really depends on what you want out of this tour.

The James B. Beam Distilling Company is the birthplace of bourbon and the most popular one on this trail.

The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience does the best job explaining the history of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and bourbon in general. It’s also been reported to be more family-friendly than most of the other distilleries on the trail.

The Discovery Tour at Old Forester provides the most detailed information about the entire bourbon distilling process from start to finish, from making the barrels to bottling the final product.

Touring the Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company is unique in that you’ll get to learn about both bourbon and beer.

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Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour

Aside from their 18 Heritage distilleries, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour features 23 smaller but no less excellent distilleries, made to showcase the best of Kentucky craftsmanship and history.

They’re divided into 4 regions: Northern, Central, Western, and Bluegrass. Learn all about these distilleries and choose which ones to add to your itinerary.

Tips for Planning your Kentucky Bourbon Trail trip

  • You don’t need to take a tour of every distillery.
  • But if you feel you need to, book a slot ahead of time if you can, especially for the more popular ones.
  • Show up early
  • Decide early on whether you’re taking a tour bus or driving.

After you finish the trail, maybe visit Indiana Caverns, which is an adventure park half an hour away from Louisville via I-64.

Or maybe Mammoth Cave National Park! It’s about 90 minutes south of Louisville and one of the largest caves (spanning over 400 miles!) in the world.

Other Alcohol-Themed Trails to Explore

If you plan to drink your way around the country, check out other similar itineraries:

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  • Louisiana Distilleries
  • Tennessee Whiskey Trail
  • Connecticut Wine Trail
  • Hermann, MO Wine Trail
  • New England Wineries

FAQs

How many distilleries are on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail? ›

Bourbon lovers can stop at a few of the distilleries or all 42—there is no wrong way to experience it. Every journey is personalized and requires planning, as some of the distilleries are as far as 70 miles apart.

What distillery makes Pappy Van Winkle? ›

Both the Old Rip Van Winkle and the Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve labels are produced at Buffalo Trace Distillery and remain in high demand.

How much do you tip a bourbon tour guide? ›

About.com has a Tipping Guide for travelers that further suggests that the tour guide should receive a tip of 10% to 20% of the tour cost. As a last thought, the guide still needs to earn his or her tip. Just with any other profession, the tip should match the level of service. "

Do you need reservations for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail? ›

Are Reservations Needed or Required? It is highly recommended to book your tours online and in advance. Most distilleries have online booking options, or you can book your experiences through one of our trusted transportation partners. Specialty tours require reservations.

Which distillery makes the best bourbon? ›

  • Best Overall: Henry McKenna Single Barrel Bourbon. ...
  • Best Value: Maker's Mark Bourbon Whiskey. ...
  • Best for Sipping: Widow Jane 10-year Bourbon. ...
  • Best for Cocktails: Michter's US1 Bourbon. ...
  • Best Under $50: Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon. ...
  • Best Under $100: Noah's Mill Small Batch Bourbon.

What is the largest bourbon distillery in Kentucky? ›

Jim Beam distillery is owned by the Beam Family and it is the largest bourbon producer in the whole of Kentucky.

How much should I pay for a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle? ›

As per their website, the bottles of Pappy Van Winkle normally range from $70 to $300 as their suggested retail price.

What bourbon is the same recipe as Pappy Van Winkle? ›

Weller Special Reserve, a bourbon that uses the same recipe as Pappy Van Winkle.

How much is a shot of Pappy Van Winkle? ›

This bourbon is so rare, it costs $315 a shot

Pappy Old Rip Van Winkle is one of the world's rarest bourbons. This is 25-year-old Pappy Old Van Winkle, a super-rare bourbon that comes at a premium cost: $315 for a 1-ounce shot. It's featured on an upcoming episode of CNBC's “Secret Lives of the Super Rich.”

How should I dress for a distillery tour? ›

Here Are Some Things to Expect on a Distillery Tour

It is acceptable to wear casual, comfortable clothing on the tour, but you may want to dress in layers. You can take off your jacket or sweater if it gets too warm. It also is not a bad idea to wear close-toed shoes since you will be around heavy machinery.

Should you tip after a tour? ›

In most countries, tipping your guide at the end of a tour is standard practice and will be rarely turned down. For a tour that only lasts a few hours, tip your guide 10 percent to 20 percent the cost of the tour.

What should I wear to the bourbon trail? ›

Are there any clothing restrictions? Comfortable shoes for walking are recommended. Closed-toe shoes are required for the ISC Barrel Factory tour. You will be outside during portions of most tours, so dress accordingly to be comfortable.

What is the best time to do the Bourbon Trail? ›

Spring is a nice time to visit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The weather is pleasant and bourbon is in full production. If you want to tour the distilleries without the crowds, visit Kentucky from the end of November through March.

Why is Buffalo Trace not on Bourbon Trail? ›

Buffalo Trace isn't included on the official Bourbon Trail due to the fact that they're not on the board of distillers, but this distillery differs from the rest in Bourbon county in that it is free to visit.

Do you tip bourbon tour guides? ›

Leave A Tip!

Many distilleries charge a small tasting or tour fee, but these often don't really cover the cost of the tasting flight and the time it takes to lead it.

What is the number one best selling bourbon? ›

Jim Beam bourbon whiskey, the number one best-selling American whiskey in the world by Beam Suntory, is sold in over 200 countries.

What is the world's number one bourbon whiskey? ›

So, even though Jack Daniel's is technically bourbon, since it considers itself a Tennessee Whiskey, that leaves Jim Beam the worldwide leader in the bourbon category.

What is the number one ranked bourbon? ›

Best Overall – Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon

In whiskey parlance, "single barrel" refers to whiskey that's poured into bottles from one particular barrel that's been chosen by the distiller for exceptional quality.

Can you still dip your own bottle at Maker's Mark? ›

The red wax on the bottles is every bit as recognizable as the Maker's Mark® name. Every bottle is still hand-dipped today, and when you visit the distillery, you can dip your own.

What is the oldest bourbon distillery in Kentucky? ›

Founded in 1792, the Buffalo Trace Distillery claims to be the oldest continuously operating distillery in America. Sitting on a sprawling 130 acres, Buffalo Trace is nestled in a valley at a bend of the Kentucky River just north of Frankfort.

What state makes the best bourbon? ›

And Kentucky is the home to Bourbon County, literally the home of American Bourbon production. The state even has its own Bourbon Trail specifically dedicated to highlighting the state's best bourbon.

How can you tell fake Pappy Van Winkle? ›

The date codes are usually printed on the back of the bottle below the label, though occasionally they're above the label or under the label itself. A bright flashlight shining though the bottle from the other side will often aid in finding the code.

Does Sam's Club get Pappy? ›

Pappy's Seasoning - 2 lbs. - Sam's Club.

What is equal to Pappy Van Winkle? ›

Alternatives include Weller, which uses Pappy's recipe; Maker's Mark; and Russell's Reserve.

What is poor man's Pappy? ›

The Poor Man's Pappy combines two bourbons from Weller, containing 100.2 Proof (50.1%). Based on the recipe, it is a combination of 60% WL Weller Antique which features 107 Proof (53.5% ABV), and 40% WL Weller 12 Year, which boasts 90 Proof (45% ABV).

How much is a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon? ›

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 15-Year-Old, 107 proof ($119.99) Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 20-Year-Old, 90.4 proof ($199.99) Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 23-Year-Old, 95.6 proof ($299.99)

Is Weller as good as Pappy? ›

The long-standing backup for the Pappy bourbon collection is the W.L. Weller line, as these wheated bourbons are also distilled by Buffalo Trace. In fact, not only are Weller and Pappy now made in the same place, but they also share the same mash bill, the same barrel entry proof, and the same barrel specifications.

How much is a pour of Pappy 15? ›

Pappy 15." "Great Bourbon selection (347 bottles at last count) and Pappy in 1.5 oz pours.

How much is a bottle of Pappy 12 year? ›

PAPPY VAN WINKLE 12 YEAR BOURBON (750 ML) 2021 RELEASE - $1,699.99 - $125 Free Shipping - CWSpirits.com.

How much does a bottle of Pappy 23 cost? ›

$249.99 – Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 23 Year Old.

What should I bring to a whiskey tasting? ›

You'll also need a table that's large enough to hold glasses, water, whiskey bottles, paper pad for note taking, etc. As a general rule of thumb, the glencairn style is the best whiskey glass for tasting because it holds the aroma of the whiskey and the smell doesn't evaporate too quickly.

Can you wear jeans to a winery? ›

Can I wear jeans to a winery? Yes! Jeans are acceptable year-round – we call it wine country casual (for women — sundresses, blouses and skirts, nice jeans, wedges, sandals, etc.; for men – golf shirts, khaki pants, nice jeans, dressier shorts, stylish sneakers, boat shoes, etc.).

Do distilleries smell? ›

The smell hits you as soon as you enter the ground-floor fermentation and distilling room: tangy, pungent, malty—like yeast and like vinegar and like alfalfa.

How do you tip for free after trip? ›

Tips can only be added as a percentage through the app; either 10%, 15% or 20% on top of the fare. You'll be able to see the exact tip amount for each trip in the 'Job History' section of the app. To be able to find tips in the app, please follow the steps here. Your tips will be paid out in your bi-weekly payments.

What is the best etiquette when tipping? ›

For a full-service, sit-down meal, 15 to 20 percent of the pretax bill is customary. At a buffet, leave a 10 percent tip. Just picking up a sandwich or a decaf latte from the counter? Tip at least 10 percent.

Do you tip before or after fees? ›

The Etiquette Scholar website agrees that you should “tip on the pretax amount of the bill, not on the total.”

Can you wear jeans to a trial? ›

To maintain the dignity of the Court, the Court requests that the following list of minimum standards regarding appropriate dress be met before entering the courtroom. 1) Men should wear a shirt with a collar and long pants. (Jeans are acceptable). 2) Women should wear a dress, or a blouse and skirt or long pants.

How long does it take to complete the bourbon trail? ›

With 37 distilleries, it's hard to pick just one favorite. Some are as close as eight miles and others are as far as 70 miles apart. Average tour time is 90 minutes. By Location: Plan your route.

Should I wear heels on Bourbon Street? ›

Bourbon Street is notoriously dirty, and the streets are cobblestone, so I wouldn't wear your favorite designer shoes or stilettos. I suggest wearing flat sandals or sneakers, so you can dance all night without worrying about your shoes.

What city should I stay for the Bourbon Trail? ›

The distilleries of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail are spread widely, but places like Louisville, Lawrenceburg, Lexington, Shelbyville and Bardstown, have multiple distilleries, so obvious destinations to include in any trail planning.

What do you wear to the Kentucky distillery? ›

Wear comfortable and casual attire when visiting the distilleries.

How far is Nashville from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail? ›

How far is the Bourbon Trail from Nashville? The start of this bourbon trail is the Jim Beam American Stillhouse, which is 2.5 hours drive from Nashville.

Does Tennessee have a bourbon trail? ›

Guide to Tennessee Distillery Tours (With Map) Launched by the Tennessee Distillers Guild in 2017, the Tennessee Whiskey Trail is a group of 26 distilleries in the state of Tennessee making whiskey and other spirits.

Where is Pappy Van Winkle made? ›

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve is the flagship brand of bourbon whiskey owned by the "Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery" company. It is distilled and bottled by the Sazerac Company at its Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Is rabbit hole on the Bourbon Trail? ›

Rabbit Hole Distillery is a proud member of the original Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Can you do a tasting at Makers Mark without the tour? ›

A tour was not required to visit the grounds but I would highly recommend one. The distillery had a lot of history and you'll miss out on special information you won't know otherwise.

How many distilleries are on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail? ›

Bourbon lovers can stop at a few of the distilleries or all 42—there is no wrong way to experience it. Every journey is personalized and requires planning, as some of the distilleries are as far as 70 miles apart.

How much does one tip a tour guide? ›

Generally, it's appropriate to tip your private guide $10-$15 per day and another $5-$10 for drivers. For large group tours, you'd tip half of that.

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Come with me on my Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour. This Bourbon Trail guide will help you plan your visit and know what to expect!
Kentucky is famous for its bluegrass, horses, and bourbon. The bourbon trail is one of the most popular travel experiences in the US and millions of people v...
The Bourbon Trail in Kentucky is a bucket list trip for whiskey lovers around the world. Kentucky is home to some of the most famous whiskey distilleries on the...

What distilleries make up the Bourbon Trail? ›

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  • 1 Angel's Envy. 500 E Main St, Louisville, KY 40202. ...
  • 2 Bardstown Bourbon Co. 1500 Parkway Dr, Bardstown, KY 40004. ...
  • 3 Barrel House Distilling Co. ...
  • 4 Bluegrass Distillers. ...
  • 5 Boone County Distilling Co. ...
  • 6 Boundary Oak Distillery. ...
  • 7 Bulleit. ...
  • 8 Casey Jones Distillery.

Why is Buffalo Trace not on Bourbon Trail? ›

Buffalo Trace isn't included on the official Bourbon Trail due to the fact that they're not on the board of distillers, but this distillery differs from the rest in Bourbon county in that it is free to visit.

How many distilleries are on the Whisky trail? ›

Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail is the only trail of its kind in the world. Set in the heart of stunning Speyside, this trail takes in seven world-famous working distilleries, one historic distillery and the fascinating Speyside Cooperage.

Can you visit Makers Mark distillery without a tour? ›

A tour was not required to visit the grounds but I would highly recommend one. The distillery had a lot of history and you'll miss out on special information you won't know otherwise.

What do you wear to a bourbon tour? ›

Are there any clothing restrictions? Comfortable shoes for walking are recommended. Closed-toe shoes are required for the ISC Barrel Factory tour. You will be outside during portions of most tours, so dress accordingly to be comfortable.

Who is the largest bourbon distillery? ›

Heaven Hill's Bernheim Distillery in downtown Louisville produces 1,300 barrels per day as the largest single-site Bourbon distillery in American Whiskey.

Can you tour Pappy Van Winkle? ›

It's a company owned by Julian Van Winkle III, who sources his product through Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort. Since Rip Van Winkle isn't a production distillery, the company isn't a place you can visit to see any part of the process of making what may very well be the world's most coveted bourbon.

Does Tennessee have a bourbon trail? ›

Guide to Tennessee Distillery Tours (With Map) Launched by the Tennessee Distillers Guild in 2017, the Tennessee Whiskey Trail is a group of 26 distilleries in the state of Tennessee making whiskey and other spirits.

Where is Pappy Van Winkle made? ›

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve is the flagship brand of bourbon whiskey owned by the "Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery" company. It is distilled and bottled by the Sazerac Company at its Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.

What bourbon was in John Wick? ›

Everybody wants to know. What Bourbon does Jon Wick drink? Keanu Reeves' character definitely has expensive taste, from stylish cars to flashy weaponry, and of course his drink of choice. John Wick is seen drinking a bottle of Blanton's at the Continental hotel, following a good old fashioned gunfight.

What bourbon do they drink in John Wick? ›

What's John Wick's Bourbon of Choice? John Wick's bourbon of choice is Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon. This bourbon was Master Distiller Elmer T. Lee's final product at Buffalo Trace Distillery, where he worked for almost four decades. Blanton's bourbon is the first commercially sold single-barrel bourbon in history.

Why is Jim Beam distillery closed? ›

The Jim Beam American Stillhouse, Maker's Mark Distillery and Brown-Forman properties were the first to shut down tours due to the coronavirus, representatives announced.

What is the whiskey Capital of the World? ›

Nearly 3 million barrels of bourbon are aging in Bardstown, Ky.

How far is Nashville from the Bourbon Trail? ›

How far is the Bourbon Trail from Nashville? The start of this bourbon trail is the Jim Beam American Stillhouse, which is 2.5 hours drive from Nashville.

Is rabbit hole on the Bourbon Trail? ›

Rabbit Hole Distillery is a proud member of the original Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

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