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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