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“Out of the way, but worth the trip”
Review of Maker's Mark

Maker's Mark
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Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries Tour from Louisville
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Loretto
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Owner description: Watch a sour mash ferment in giant cypresswood vats on its way to becoming that heavenly Kentucky bourbon at this distillery.
Reviewed 12 February 2013

While my barrel hasn't come of age (like others, an Ambassador), I was in the area and made the trip from Louisville via some one-lane roads in the Kentucky countryside. As others have written, it's interesting to learn about how bourbon is made, what makes it different than other whiskys, and of course, how the Samuels built their empire (spoiler: Mrs. Samuels was more than a little involved in its promotion). The highlight of the tour, of course, is tasting the different versions -- from the signature product, to the new 46, to the distillery-only "White," which is essentially, moonshine. Don't expect to pay less for the bourbon because you're buying it at the source -- the story is that they don't want to undercut the local merchants, but the more likely explanation is that the tour is a decent moneymaker, which, as a family-owned enterprise, is both plausible and forgivable.

Thank Luke E
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

My boyfriend signed up as a Maker's Mark ambassador many years ago. We made this trip when his barrel had "come of age" to tour the facility and buy some of the bourbon from his barrel.

As an ambassador, we were able to take the "Heritage Tour" which was led by Bill Samuels, Jr. - the head of the company! The tour was amazing - we learned about the history of the company, the facility and even some family history around the Civil War, Frank & Jesse James and Colonel Sanders! Bill was a fascinating host. We got to taste 4 of their bourbons and even I (a beer drinker!) found it educational and interesting listening to him speak about the different flavor profiles of each. My boyfriend then got to put the special labels (with his name on them) on his bottles and dip them in their trademark red wax.

The facility is so quaint and beautiful. As a major company, they have managed to keep the charm of the 1800s. After the tour, we enjoyed just walking around the grounds and looking at all the little touches they have - including all the shutters that have cut-outs of Maker's Mark bottles on them.

Overall, a wonderful experience and one I would recommend to anyone who is in the area, even if you're not a bourbon drinker!

Thank deb93
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

This tour was a lot of fun - definitely worth the trip and the 7 bucks. The grounds are lovely. During the tour, you get to actually stick your finger in the fermenting product - very cool. They recently built new tasting rooms, which are very nice.

We definitely left with a couple bottles of Maker's White - which you can only buy at the distillery.

Thank Andrew_and_Kate
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

Wandering along Route 62 from Niagara Falls to El Paso, the Cheap Gourmets were diverted some 20 miles into the hills for the spring from which brings the liquid he cherishes more than mother's milk (at his age, anyway)... Here is the home of the Maker's Mark distillery, a very nice tour although he had to settle for the smell from the still... Nice souvenir shop, not t o o overpriced, and a chance to apply his own wax to a small, slightly-overprice bottle of this exelir... Oddly -- perhaps not so -- he knew more about the product than many of the tourguides....

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Reviewed 6 February 2013

If you drink it you should come.
Not my Bourbon of choice but the grounds of this distillery are beautiful, probably the most beautiful of all the distilleries. If you are on the bourbon trail, this is one not to miss! Tour was free when I went so no complaints there on the cost especially with a tasting, however it is a ways to travel to it.
Worth the trip, especially if this is your drink.

Thank travello76
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