Saturday, November 18, 2017

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Last weekend we took a trip to Kentucky to tour the distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. We went to four around the Lexington area: Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Wild Turkey, and Woodford Reserve.

Buffalo Trace is not technically part of the official trail (though I'm not sure why), but was our favorite of the four. The tour is free and first-come first-served and includes a tasting, and the grounds are beautiful and it is designated as a national historic place.



Four roses was under construction so we did not do the full tour, but we did the tasting. As a bonus, they let you keep the glass! We didn't spend as much time here but I'd like to go back when the tour is available again. This one had more of a spanish-inspired theme in the buildings and decor. Also, I had no idea that V-J Day in Times Square photo has a Four Roses ad in the background!


We stopped at Wild Turkey, but did not do the tour or the tasting. The setting is much more industrial and did not have the visual appeal of the others, though they do have a very new looking visitors center, with a beautiful back patio and view, which might be nice to visit when the weather is nicer.

Finally, we went to Woordford Reserve the second day. We would have liked to go the first day, but you have to make a reservation ahead of time and all of the spots were taken when we looked the day before. This was our second favorite, though the tour is $15 a person, which was the most expensive of the four. 

I'm already looking forward to our next trip! I'd definitely visit Buffalo Trace and Woodford again, but I want to check out the Louisville area distilleries too. There is also a Craft Bourbon Trail with smaller distilleries.

"Keep your friends close, and your bourbon closer" -old Kentucky proverb

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