8+ of the Best Distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail - Homeroom Travel (2023)

(Last Updated On: April 8, 2022)

Kentucky is best known for making bourbon and hosting the Kentucky Derby. Any bourbon lover will enjoy a trip to Kentucky due to the massive amounts of distilleries spread across central Kentucky. Some of the best distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail lie near Louisville. You can spend a couple of days to over a week exploring the 38 distilleries that are a part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Visiting some of the distilleries makes for great day trips from Louisville.

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What is the Kentucky Bourbon Trail?

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a series of distilleries that are part of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA). Kentucky is responsible for producing 95% of the world’s bourbon. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail began in 1999 with 7 distilleries. In 2008, more distilleries began to join to make up the 38 that are a part of the official trail today. You can visit the KDA welcome center at the Frazier History Museum in Downtown Louisville.

How to Get to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

To get to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, you will want to fly to Louisville Airport. It has many flights from across the United States but no international flights. If coming from out of the country, you will need to connect from another airport.

From there, you can base yourself in Louisville to hit up all the distilleries in the area.

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Transportation Around the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

If you only want to visit hotels in Downtown Louisville, you can easily walk between many of them. This is a nice option so you do not have to worry about having a driver.

To get to some of the best distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, you will need a car. I like to rent my cars through Autoslash, as I usually find the best deals there. Make sure if you have a rental car, you have a designated driver. You could also hire a driver for the day.

Another option is to take a Bourbon Trail Tour. Both Viator and Get Your Guide have a few options for tours. However, these can be quite pricey and add up if you want to visit some of the best distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Best Place to Stay for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

The best place to base yourself for a visit to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is in Louisville. I recommend staying Downtown so you can walk to some of the distilleries. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown. Another good option is the Hampton Inn Downtown. Both of these are great locations and come with breakfast.

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Tips for Visiting the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

  • Plan which distilleries you want to visit the most and make sure to pay attention to operating days and hours.
  • Make reservations in advance as many fill up quickly.
  • Bring lots of water with you.
  • Have a designated driver, hire a driver, or only visit one distillery a day.
  • Stop at Costco when you first get in to check out the Bourbon selection there. Many of the bottles sell for cheaper than at the distilleries.
  • Check each distillery for special releases. There are some bottles you can only get at the distillery.

The Best Distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Angel’s Envy

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Location: Downtown Louisville

Cost: $20+

Hours: Mon-Wed: 3pm-8pm, Thurs-Fri: 3pm-9pm, Sat: 10am-8pm, Sun: 1pm-7pm

Favorite Bourbon: Rye Finished

Angel’s Envy offers three different types of experiences: a Welcome Tour, a Signature Tour, and a Bottle Your Own Experience.

The Welcome Tour is offered Monday-Friday for $20. This 45-minute tour takes you through the top level of the distillery and explains the history of Angel’s Envy. The Signature Tour is $25 and is available on the weekends. This tour is an hour long and also takes you around the distillery. Both tours come with a tasting of two bourbons at the end paired with two chocolates.

In the Bottle Your Own Experience, you get to bottle your own bottle of the regular Angel’s Envy Bourbon. This comes in a commemorative box but does not include a tour or tasting. It costs $99.

Copper and Kings

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Location: Downtown Louisville

Cost: $25

Hours: Sun-Wed: 10am-6pm, Thus-Sat: 10am-10pm

Favorite(s): Rose Gin and Westward Whiskey

Copper and Kings makes brandy, gin, absinthe, and other liquors. Visitors can opt to go on a tour or you can visit their rooftop bar. We felt like a more chill atmosphere so opted for the rooftop bar. Here you can get flights, samples, or cocktails. I opted for a gin flight while Casey opted for a brandy flight.

You can also buy bottles at their gift shop. For certain bottles, you can even opt to fill it yourself straight from the barrel. Copper and Kings was a great place to relax for a little bit, thus making it one of the best distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

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Evan Williams

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Location: Downtown Louisville

Cost: $18+

Hours: Wed-Thurs: 11am-5pm, Fri-Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 1pm-5pm

Evan Williams’ claim to fame is that they are the first distillery on whiskey row. Visitors to Evan Williams can opt for a tour and tasting for $18. This includes a tour of the facility and 4 tastings. On the weekends, the speakeasy experience is also available for $25. Visitors will have to give a password to access the speakeasy and then get to taste 5 different products.

Four Roses

Location: Lawrenceburg

Cost: $16+

Hours: Wed-Sun: 9am-4pm

Favorite Bourbon: Four Roses Single Barrel

Four Roses has a gorgeous campus located about an hour outside of Louisville. Visitors have three different options for experiences: a guided tasting, a tour, and tasting, or a single barrel tasting.

The guided tasting is $16 and you get to sample the four types of Four Roses Bourbon. The tour and tasting is the guided tasting plus a 45-minute tour of the facility. This costs $22. For $45 visitors can do a single barrel flight with more of the reserve bourbons. After your experience, you can also opt to grab a drink at the bar. They serve all types of Four Roses including specialty barrels as well as a couple of rotating cocktails.

We opted for the tour and tasting, which was very worth it. You really get to get up close and personal with the distilling process and see some bourbon being made. I thought it was worth $22.

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Makers Mark

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Location: Lebanon

Cost: $20

Hours: Everyday 10:15am-3:30pm

Favorite Bourbon: Cask Strength

Makers Mark might have been my favorite tour out of all the distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The campus was absolutely gorgeous. For $20 you get a 1-hour tour with a tasting at the end. The tour takes visitors through the bourbon making process and you get to walk through several of their buildings to see the process. During the tasting, you get to try 5 of their basic bourbons.

On site, there is also a cafe where you can grab some light bites to eat and taste some of the more premium bourbons. I recommend heading here before buying anything at the gift shop as you can try it before you buy.

Michter’s

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Location: Downtown Louisville

Cost: $20+

Hours: Wed-Thurs: 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat: 10am-11pm, Sun: 12:30pm-6pm

Favorite Bourbon: Bomberger’s Declaration

Michter’s has three different locations on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. I recommend hitting up the Fort Nelson’s Distillery which is conveniently located in Downtown Louisville. You can opt to go on a tour or head up to the bar. There is a one-hour tour or a two-hour legacy tour. Both tours come with flights of various bourbons.

I recommend skipping the tour and enjoying a cocktail or flight in the bar. There are a ton of options for flights at the bar and they have an extensive cocktail menu. It was the perfect place to unwind after a day.

Peerless

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Location: Downtown Louisville

Cost: $12

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Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm

Favorite Bourbon: Rye Single Barrel

Peerless is a good introduction to bourbon and a convenient stop. Located in Downtown Louisville this distillery is easy to walk to. At Peerless, visitors get to try 4 different whiskeys: 2 rye and 2 bourbons. This is strictly a tasting with no tour, but the guide does give you a little bit of the history of Peerless. Peerless is a good stop if you want to be able to walk to a distillery thus making it one of the best distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Rabbit Hole

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Location: Downtown Louisville

Cost: $25

Hours: Tues-Sat: 10am-5pm

Favorite Bourbon: Deringer

Rabbit Hole is a fun distillery located at the edge of Downtown Louisville. They produce 4 different bourbons. The tour experience for $25 includes a tour of the distillery and a tasting of their 4 bourbons. The tasting is done in their bar that overlooks Downtown Louisville.

If you do not want to take a tour, you can try just to go to the bar for drinks, but it can be quite busy. In the gift shop, they do offer one complimentary tasting of any of their 4 bourbons. It is a small pour but worth it if you just want to try a small amount.

Other fun distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail include Buffalo Trace, Heaven Hill, Old Forester, Woodford Reserve, Bulleit, Jim Beam, and Wild Turkey.

Visiting some of the best distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail made for a great getaway and a fun part of a Kentucky and Tennessee road trip. If you have more time, head to Mammoth Cave National Park or to Nashville for a fun time.

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 is the most popular distilleries in Kentucky? ›

  1. Angel's Envy Distillery. 890. Distilleries. ...
  2. Buffalo Trace Distillery. 2,530. Distilleries. ...
  3. Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. 1,243. Distilleries. ...
  4. Castle & Key Distillery. 637. Distilleries. ...
  5. Willett Distilling Company. 988. Distilleries. ...
  6. New Riff Distillery. 265. Distilleries. ...
  7. Stitzel-Weller Distillery. 756. ...
  8. Barton 1792 Distillery. 1,144.

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.

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.

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.

What distilleries are a must visit in Kentucky? ›

  • Wild Turkey, Lawrenceburg.
  • Bulleit Distilling Co., Shelbyville.
  • Jim Beam, Clermont.
  • Maker's Mark Distillery, Loretto.
  • Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles.
  • Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort.
  • Four Roses Distillery, Lawrenceburg.
  • Angel's Envy Distillery, Louisville.
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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.

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 biggest distillery in Kentucky? ›

Heaven Hill, located in Kentucky, is the world's largest tourable distillery. It is the seventh-largest supplier of alcohol in the United States and thanks to its massive warehouses, the second-largest holder of bourbon whiskey in the world.

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 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 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 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.

Is Eagle Rare from Buffalo Trace? ›

Eagle Rare is a brand of bourbon whiskey distilled and distributed by the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Eagle Rare is 90 proof bourbon, aged for either 10 or 17 years, depending on the variety. It was introduced in 1975 and is distilled in Frankfort, Kentucky.

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.

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.

Why is Pappy Van Winkle so expensive? ›

Pappy Van Winkle is so expensive because of its limited supply and extremely high demand. These high-quality bourbons are always at an all-time high, but the yearly supply is limited. Nowadays, you can consider yourself fortunate if you have a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle, as it's perceived as rare.

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

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

What is the #1 tourist attraction in Kentucky? ›

1: Mammoth Cave National Park

It is a state-renowned gem that features the best camping, hiking, and exploration in all of Kentucky. Mammoth Cave is even a UNESCO World Heritage site referenced by many famous travelers and adventure magazines. Perhaps its most popular draw comes in the form of the famed cave tours.

What is the biggest bourbon distillery in Kentucky? ›

5/10 Jim Beam

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

What city in Kentucky has the most distilleries? ›

But Bardstown, Kentucky, is much more than just a pretty face. This “Bourbon Capital of the World” is home to nine notable distilleries.

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 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 do you get when you complete the Kentucky Bourbon Trail? ›

When you complete all four regions, you will receive a Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® tasting tray stave! If you complete both the KBT®and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®, you will receive a surprise Bourbon gift.

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.

Why can't you find Blanton's bourbon anywhere? ›

There is a shortage for Blanton's bourbons because the demand for this single barrel bourbon exceeds its supply. Although Blanton is all about quality over quantity, the liquor brand can only supply so much at a time.

What state drinks the most bourbon? ›

Kentucky: 937k Cases

The Home of Bourbon is also the top market by far in per capita consumption of American whiskey with 286 cases consumed per 1,000 people.

What is the oldest distillery in Kentucky? ›

Paranormal activity. 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.

Does China own Jim Beam? ›

Bourbon goes international. That means the world's best-selling bourbon, Jim Beam, is actually owned by a Japanese company. Suntory also now owns Maker's Mark, Knob Creek and Basil Hayden.

Did the Chinese buy Jim Beam? ›

Remember When They Owned the Empire State Building? Suntory Holdings Ltd., the first commercial producer of whiskey in Japan is buying Beam Inc., makers of Jim Beam and Maker's Mark Bourbons for $16 billion (including debt).

Does the Beam family still own Jim Beam? ›

It is one of the best-selling brands of bourbon in the world. Since 1795 (interrupted by Prohibition), seven generations of the Beam family have been involved in whiskey production for the company that produces the brand.

What is the most popular drink in Kentucky? ›

The classic Mint Julep is most well known because of its association with the famous Kentucky Derby.

What is the most popular alcohol in Kentucky? ›

For example, gin is only the most popular liquor in Washington, D.C., rum is only the most popular liquor in Hawaii, brandy is only the most popular liquor in Wisconsin, and bourbon is only the most popular liquor in Kentucky (though if bourbon is only going to be #1 in 1 state, it makes sense that it's Kentucky!).

What is the oldest bourbon in Kentucky? ›

According to its citation in the registry of National Historic Landmarks, Burks' Distillery's origins extend to 1805, and Burks' Distillery is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest operating bourbon distillery.

What is the most drinkable whiskey? ›

11 Best Sipping Whiskeys to Drink Straight
  • Westland Peated Whiskey.
  • Buffalo Trace Bourbon.
  • Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye.
  • Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon.
  • Laphroaig Quarter Cask.
  • Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon.
  • Yamazaki 12 Year Old Whisky.
  • Bulleit Bourbon.

What is the best Whisky of all time? ›

What is considered the best whisky? The Glenmorangie Signet is considered the best whisky in the world, thanks to its use of high roast chocolate malt barley with a blend of Glenmorangie's rarest whiskies matured in bespoke casks.

What is the highest rated American whiskey? ›

  • Best Bourbon: Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon. ...
  • Best Budget: Old Forester 86 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky. ...
  • Best Rye: Bulleit 95 Rye Whiskey. ...
  • Best Tennessee: George Dickel Barrel Select Tennessee Whiskey. ...
  • Best Single Malt: McCarthy's Oregon Single Malt Whiskey. ...
  • Best Blended: TX Blended Whiskey.
25 Mar 2022

What is the hottest bourbon right now? ›

Blue Run, from former Four Roses master distiller Jim Rutledge, is one of the hottest bourbons on the market right now.

What is a good expensive bourbon? ›

Top 15 High-End Bourbons We Recommend (Most Voted!)
  1. Pappy Van Winkle's 15-Year Family Reserve. Average Price: $1699.99.
  2. Michter's 20-Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Average Price: Around $1999. ...
  3. William Larue Weller Bourbon. ...
  4. George T. ...
  5. Old Forester Birthday Bourbon. ...
  6. E.H. ...
  7. Stagg Jr. ...
  8. Angel's Envy Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey. ...
2 Aug 2022

How much is a decent bottle of bourbon? ›

Expect to shell out at least $30 for a decent bottle of bourbon. Bulleit, Knob Creek, and Buffalo Trace fall under this price range. What is the cheapest price for bourbon? You can get a 750ml bottle of bourbon for less than $20.

What's the smoothest whiskey out there? ›

Top 15 Smoothest Whiskey You Can Drink Straight
  • Bushmills 21 Year Old. ...
  • Crown Royal. ...
  • Glen Moray Elgin Classic. ...
  • Glenlivet 12 Year Old. ...
  • Glenmorangie 18 Year Old Extremely Rare. ...
  • George Dickel Bottled In Bond. ...
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey. ...
  • Redbreast 12 Year Old.
8 Jun 2022

What's the smoothest American whiskey? ›

When choosing a smooth bourbon, look for one made with wheat and bottled at 80 proof or lower. Some of the smoothest bourbons on the market include Pappy Van Winkle, Blanton's, Eagle Rare, and Weller Reserve.

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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.

What makes up the Bourbon Trail? ›

Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont. Lux Row Distillers in Bardstown. Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto. Michter's Fort Nelson Distillery in Louisville.

How many bourbon distilleries are there? ›

Now, 95 distilleries are scattered across the state, powering a $9 billion bourbon industry. Take a look at what you can do at a variety of distilleries, many of which are on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.

What bourbon does John Wick drink? ›

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.

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.

What is the whiskey Capital of the World? ›

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

Is Maker's Mark on the Bourbon Trail? ›

The Maker's Mark Distillery is included on the Lebanon leg of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. There are a total of 14 distilleries on the Bourbon Trail with visits to Louisville, Lexington and more.

Is Jim Beam on the Bourbon Trail? ›

Is Jim Beam on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail? Yes, Jim Beam is a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® with two distillery locations. Jim Beam American Stillhouse is in Bardstown, Ky. Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse is in downtown Louisville.

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.

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 oldest distillery in Kentucky? ›

Paranormal activity. 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 drinks the most bourbon? ›

Kentucky: 937k Cases

The Home of Bourbon is also the top market by far in per capita consumption of American whiskey with 286 cases consumed per 1,000 people.

What is the best state to buy bourbon? ›

There are many more craft distilleries that have legions of fans, all of them loyal to Kentucky whiskey. 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.

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.

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