A Stop on the Bourbon Trail: Woodford Reserve

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After the Bourbon Social: Buffalo Brunch that we attended on October 9, we decided to take a tour of Woodford Reserve, since it was only 20 minutes away. This was the second time we had went to Buffalo Trace, and it was going to be the second time that we would visit Woodford Reserve.

Woodford Reserve is a distillery that is located in Versailles, Kentucky, and it is a bourbon produced by the Brown-Forman Corporation. It is also one of the smallest and oldest distilleries in Kentucky. In 1995, Woodford Reserve was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000.

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A Stop on the Bourbon Trail: Four Roses

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The Kentucky Bourbon Trail consists of nine distilleries. There are A LOT more distilleries in Kentucky (after all, we are responsible for 95% of the world’s bourbon), and there is even another trail that is called the Kentucky Bourbon Craft Trail, which consists of eleven other distilleries. Liquor Barn is the largest retailer of beer, spirits, and wine in Kentucky. The Liquor Barn in Hamburg (for those non-Kentuckians, I’m NOT referring to Germany – it’s a part of Lexington) is approximately 53,000 square feet (it’s freaking massive!) and they sell over 200 different bourbons (yes, OVER TWO HUNDRED) and NO, that isn’t even including whiskey (which is NOT bourbon). There are special bottles that are only available at that Liquor Barn, and other releases that are only available in Central Kentucky. Sometimes for certain bottles, people line up over night to get one of the coveted bottles, because they WILL sell out!

So far, we have visited seven distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, none on the Kentucky Bourbon Craft Trail, and we have visited a distillery that isn’t on any trail (I’ll be blogging about that one later this week!). For each trail, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and the Kentucky Bourbon Craft Trail, you are given a passport. When you visit a trail in the passport, make sure to get it stamped while you are there. Upon completion of your passport, you receive a gift. If you complete the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, you receive a t-shirt (which the design changes every year), and for the Kentucky Bourbon Craft Trail, you receive a classic Kentucky julep cup.

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A Stop on the Bourbon Trail: Jim Beam

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A few weekends ago, my husband, some friends, and I took an impromptu trip to the Jim Beam Bourbon Distillery in Clermont, Kentucky. Us four are visiting the entire Kentucky Bourbon Trail, so we can complete our passport and get our t-shirt for this year.

Each distillery offers various types of tours. Just like with Heaven Hill, we just did the tasting. So, we didn’t get to see the interworking of the distillery. I would recommend taking an entire distillery tour, especially if you haven’t and you want to see the whole bourbon making process (a tasting is included). With just tasting tours, you get a

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A Stop on the Bourbon Trail: Heaven Hill

 

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In the same weekend that we went to Maker’s Mark (which I mentioned in a post earlier this week), we decided to go to Heaven Hill, since it was approximately 18 miles away from Maker’s Mark. Heaven Hill is in Bardstown, Kentucky and is around 65 miles, if you are coming straight from Lexington. Bardstown is Kentucky’s second oldest city and was named one of the best small towns in America. Bardstown has been the site of bourbon distilleries since 1776 and is known as the ‘Bourbon Capital of the World.’

Heaven Hill offers two different tours; the Mashbill Tour and the Whiskey Connoisseur Experience. We decided to do something different and take the Connoisseur Experience tour, because we are already very familiar with the process of making bourbon. However, if you are not and the whole bourbon making process is new to you, then I would
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A Stop on the Bourbon Trail: Maker’s Mark

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I’m sure that most people know, especially Kentuckians, but Kentucky is responsible for 95% of the world’s bourbon. So, it should come as no surprise that the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is in Kentucky. It obviously wouldn’t be anywhere else.

This past weekend, we decided to take a trip 70 miles from Lexington to Loretto, Kentucky. There you can find the Maker’s Mark distillery. You drive through winding, country roads to get there, but it’s definitely worth the trip.

Our goal is to visit all the distilleries on the Bourbon Trail, so we can receive our free t-shirts (If you visit all of the distilleries on the Bourbon Trail and have your passport stamped, you can send it in to receive your free t-shirt). Maker’s Mark is one of the nine

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