Kentucky is the birthplace of bourbon. This American whiskey is a barrel-aged distilled spirit that dates back to the 18th century. And while over the last several hundred years distillers have continued to refine the art of making it, the history and tradition of its origins live on in the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
What Is the Kentucky Bourbon Trail?
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a consolidated network of 14 distilleries throughout the northern part of the state. Featuring renowned companies like Woodford Reserve, Four Roses, Town Branch, Wild Turkey, and Castle and Key, this self-guided trail allows whiskey aficionados to see, tour, and taste their way through Bourbon Country. At each location, tour-goers can schedule bourbon tastings, enjoy special food pairings, and learn about the distilling process unique to each destination.
Where Should I Go on The Trail?
- Four Roses: Visit their historic distillery on the Salt River in Lawrenceburg or check out their single-story warehouse and bottling facility at Cox’s Creek. Get a full tour for $5 per person or enjoy their “A Taste of History” Quick Tour for $5.
- Woodford Reserve Distillery: The company offers guided tours through the distillery that explain the history of bourbon, how it embodies all five sources of flavor, the bottling process, and more. Enjoy the distillery for $15 to $20 per person, the Corn to Cork In-Depth Bourbon Class for $30 per person, or their National Landmark Educational History Tour for $30 per person.
- Town Branch: Town Branch offers a variety of tours, including the Barrel-Aged Beer Tour, Taste of the Town, and the Master Distiller Tour. These begin at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and run every hour on the hour. On Sunday, tours begin at noon and run every hour on the hour.
- Castle and Key: Explore the historic Castle and Key property that includes the iconic castle, warehouses, and gardens. Then, take the tour and learn about their unique distilling process before relaxing with a tasting experience.
- Wild Turkey: Wild Turkey offers a $10 distillery tour or a one-hour Barrel to Bottle tour. Visit their 75-year-old distillery and then check out their award-winning visitor center.
The Bourbon Trail isn’t just about the spirits. It offers top-notch restaurants, site seeing, and other tourist attractions along the way. To find out more about the Bourbon Trail, including where to stay, how to map your trip, and how to schedule transportation, the Woodford County Tourism Commission in Versailles, KY, can help. Visit them online or call (877) 817-6585 to learn more.