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“A Real Distillery Tour”

Barton 1792 Distillery
Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Bardstown
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 18 October 2013

If you want to see a slide show and just grab a few free sips, go to one of the "big name" bourbon "experiences". But if you want to really see/feel/touch how bourbon is made, and learn about the different flavor profiles, go to Barton. Here you see the whole thing, up-close-and-personal, from the grain testing, to the fermentation tanks, to the still, to the aging warehouse, to the bottling lines. You will touch the grains, smell the fermentation, taste the distillate liquor, sniff the aromas from the many different products being bottled (including things other than bourbon). But be forewarned that there is walking, stair climbing, hot environments, noise, etc. because you are in a working distillery.

And at the end you will get generous tastes of several products, with an explanation of how the different flavor profiles are developed and how they react on the palate. The staff are extremely personable and very knowledgable. And oh, by the way, it is all free!

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Not as scenic as some of the other tours in the area, but very informative. The tour is free and guides are friendly and knowledgeable. The bottling operation they run is quite impressive. They pour very generous samples and have some interesting items In the gift shop. If you see the Zacheriah Harris Egg Nog, buy it now. It's very good and sells out quick.

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Reviewed 9 October 2013

We enjoyed the tour of this Distillery and its interesting history. Our tour guide shared a lot of good information on Barton 1792 Distillery and the making of bourbon. While this was our third Bourbon Tour in Bardstown, we still picked up more insight into bourbon and distilling. This was the only distillery we toured that took us into the bottling section, which is most interesting. We learned that Barton 1792 Distillery is owned by the Sazerac Company out of Louisiana. It is the largest distilling company in the United States.
In the tasting room we sampled two bourbons. Having visited Buffalo Trace Distillery (a sister company of Barton 1792 Distillery) in Frankfort last year and loving their delicious Bourbon Cream, we asked to sample Barton 1792 Chocolate Bourbon Ball Cream Liqueur. Superb! In fact, after we asked to sample it the other visitors in the tasting room sampled it too. We all left with at least one bottle of the Chocolate Bourbon Ball Cream Liqueur. (I think you can only buy it in Kentucky).

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Reviewed 23 September 2013

We missed the last tour but were able to enjoy a complimentary tasting of two good bourbons. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Nice little gift shop which isn't a commercial hub. Definitely worth stopping in. You can see the industrial side of the distillery when you drive in as the tasting room is nestled in between distribution and main production areas.

Thank Ottawajester
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Reviewed 21 September 2013 via mobile

With Barton, you know you are in a major industrial facility. You get to see the real deal. Folks were friendly, and the gift shop was nice.

Thank rich-queenie
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