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Kentucky Bourbon Trail
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The Kentucky Bourbon trail features 18 signature distilleries located in and around Louisville. Along the trail, you can learn about the origins of bourbon distilling at Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, see the bottling line in action at Old Forester Distillery, or taste unfinished Rye whiskey straight out of the barrel at Angel’s Envy. Pick up a passport at your first location to collect stamps along the way, and redeem them for a souvenir once completed. You can enjoy a guided experience on a private tour, or even get a personalized tour package if you're celebrating a birthday. – Tripadvisor
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Megan S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We took a day and drove to Kentucky to do a tour of Buffalo Trace in Frankfurt. Free tour, free tasting and the history you learn about is amazing. Everyone that worked at Buffalo Trace smiled, even the people bottling and labeling the Blanton's bottles. Definately a really great tour even if you don't drink Bourbon. To learn how Bourbon was invented.......you must do a tour! We visited 4 more distilleries and headed back to South East Michigan the same day. Planning a trip back to go to Louisville and visit a few more with friends in May.
Written 1 January 2024
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TravelNTed
Clearwater, FL259 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Only two ways to do the trail. 1: booking everything months on advance, or 2: pay big bucks to a tour company. Otherwise every tour will be sold out and the Bourbon Trail is a series of gift shops on your way out of Kentucky.
Written 20 April 2023
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Mark E
45 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I recently did the Kentucky Bourbon Trail as my 2023 Spring Break trip, and I had planned this trip about 9-10 months in advance. I felt that it was highly average, and I quickly tired of the repetitive nature of the various distilleries. I only ended up doing about 5 of the distilleries because they just felt too similar for me--very similarly tasting products, very similar tours, even the items in the gift shops were very similar with the name of that specific distillery. Also, I can only drink so much, and I found that I frequently needed to take a "break" and find other things to do for a while, such as visiting area museums, etc. I don't know how some of these people aren't feeling like crap after going to 15-20 or more distilleries! I did really enjoy going to Maker's Mark, Jim Beam, and Woodford Reserve, but I just got bored with the whole concept kind of quickly, and I couldn't help but feel slightly disappointed in this trip. I spent my Spring Break week in South Dakota last year, and I had much more fun there exploring the outdoors--i.e. Badlands and Black Hills, and I often felt like I was "missing" that experience. Maybe I am just missing something?? If I were to return to the Bourbon Trail area, I wouldn't devote so much of my trip to it, and I would just dedicate a day or two to this area tops, instead of the 4 days I allotted on this trip. On the plus side, I enjoyed having daily temperatures between about 55-70 instead of 35-45 like back home in Wisconsin! To each their own, I guess.
Written 31 March 2023
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JAD1800
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We spent 3 days traveling the Kentucky Bourbon Trail last August. We spent 1 day in Louisville, one day travelling south east of Louisville, and one day near Lexington. Over the 3 days, we took 6 official tours of the Bourbon-Making process and just visited some other sites to taste-test or purchase bourbons.

We took tours at: Rabbit Hole and Angel's Envy in Louisville, James Bean and Maker's Mark southeast of Louisville, and Bulleit and Four Roses closer to Lexington. By far, the most informative tour of the bourbon making process was at Rabbit Hole, so if you can only do one, make sure it is this one. You will find out more about the process of making bourbon than at any of the other distilleries. James Bean was also interesting because one got to see how a high volume distillery runs. And Bulleit Distillery was distinctive for the innovative and labor-saving barrel storage system they use.

All the taste-testing were also very interesting and each company seemed to have their own special way of making this fun. Lots of fun, even for someone not normally a bourbon drinker.

Again, we took only 3 days and visited 10 distilleries and took 6 tours. You could plan 5 days if you really want to do this justice and visit more of the distilleries on the Bourbon Trail.
Written 27 September 2022
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Chris W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
The trip was great, and the communication from the team was fantastic. We hit every spot we wanted to and our driver Sheryl was great.
Written 18 September 2022
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Mo B
Martinsville, IN20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Great food and bourbon. Tours each different and informative. If you do not drink bourbon, you can still enjoy the tour. Loved looking around Bardstown as lots of history there.
Written 13 December 2021
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businesstraveler168
Newaygo, MI64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
I almost gave this a 5 but there were a few glitches. Be sure and call to be sure where you want to go is open. Websites say one thing, and reality sometimes said another. We didn’t take any tours, so that gave us a chance to see more places. And some are so scenic you don’t need a long tour. Plan your route ahead of time… and be flexible to make changes as they come along.
Written 8 November 2021
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Mike R
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
My wife and I traveled from Texas and wanted to taste a variety of bourbons. Thank you to Lux Row for being one of the few places to offer a flight of samples. To the places that only want to offer a special "experience" by going through tour after tour... I am not interested in your product. We are going back to the Tennessee Whiskey Trail next vacation.
Written 15 September 2021
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J R
Saint Louis, MO187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
First time doing the bourbon trail. Although I am not a drinker it was still a lot of fun. I enjoyed visiting the copperage and seeing how the barrels are made and prepared for businesses world wide. The grounds of all the distilleries were very easy to maneuver for my husband who uses a scooter. We didn’t get to visit all the businesses so we will have to come back. Even if you don’t drink it’s a fun trip. We actually visited in October 2019.
Written 9 June 2021
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Sue
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Although, I was not able to go into all the distilleries, I had a great time. The covid-19 had shut down many places and some you were not able to taste or do a tour. Beautiful country!
Written 5 July 2020
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