This was the second distillery stop and was just the right mix of informative, personal and fun. It was much shorter--and perhaps a bit less informative-- than Jim Beam but it was smaller group and was much more personal. It is a smaller operation and the charm of the grounds is definitely a noticeable part of this experience. We even got to 'taste' the mash which was a really great and unexpected portion--really increasing our understanding of the physical process. The tasting was en masse with everyone seated at long tables and tasting the same samples at the same time--but, surprisingly it was a better experience than the commercial vending machine approach at Jim Beam. The guide was able to educate us about each sample which I really appreciated since we didn't learn much about the brands sampled at Beam. The bourbon balls were a tasty ending to the tour. It was a great experience. I would do both Beam and this one again..they were very different, but each was unique. The drive to Makers is very scenic--take your time and enjoy it.
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