Exploring the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

The Bourbon Heritage Center at Heaven Hill Distilleries in Bardstown, KY is an official stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

In Kentucky, all paths lead to bourbon. But four in particular take thirsty travelers on a spirited journey to the most hallowed distilleries and bourbon bars in the nation.

Guests enjoy craft cocktails at the Angel’s Envy Tasting Room in Louisville, KY.

Meet master distillers, share a glass with fellow bourbon lovers and learn the stories behind your favorite bottles. Whether you’ve got a day in Bardstown, weekend in Louisville, or a week to immerse yourself in Kentucky’s storied bourbon culture statewide, there is a trail that’s sure to fit the (mash) bill.

Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a trail blazer or prefer a more leisurely approach, the trail is best enjoyed at your own pace and it’s an unforgettable journey to some of the most iconic bourbon distilleries in the world. Starting in Louisville and rambling through the heart of Bourbon Country, the trail features 18 distilleries that define Kentucky bourbon as we know it – from forefathers to newer favorites.

Visitors to Four Roses Distillery get an up-close encounter with freshly cooked mash in the fermentation room.

Take behind-the-scenes tours, meet master distillers and taste select bourbons you can’t find in stores. Along the way, rack up stamps in your passport to earn swag (and bragging rights).

Filling barrels for aging at Wild Turkey Distillery.

There are excellent restaurants to enjoy along the way, many featuring some of the local spirit in their cocktails and culinary delights.

To get started, click here for an interactive map from the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail: https://kybourbontrail.com/map/

Happy Trails!

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