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“Charming tour, cozy setting”
Review of Maker's Mark

Maker's Mark
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All-Inclusive Kentucky Bourbon Tour to Maker's Mark, Jim Beam and Heaven Hill
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US$129.00*
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Bourbon Trail Tour to Makers Mark, Four Roses and Alltech
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 9 July 2014

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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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We had a wonderful tour of the facility. Their entire campus is impressive. Attractive and well maintained. There is great history of the family and company. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. We were able to see a lot of the process and storage. I loved tasting the beginning of the process as it bubbled away in the old wooden vats. The tasting room was nice and you were given 4 samples at various stages. We were able to see the ceiling of glass work done by Chihully! Enjoyable experience.

Thank Dianeni
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We visited on a weekday morning and completely enjoyed our visit. The grounds are beautiful, and the tour is extremely informative--loved the quarthouse and the bottling line.

Thank Laurie E
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Our group was three teetotalers and one experienced bourbon drinker. We had a marvelous time seeing the various steps to making bourbon. Our guide, Lee, was very knowledgeable and really cares about his product. The grounds are beautiful. The buildings smell wonderful. Lots of yeast and bourbon aromas. At the end of the tour there is a tasting which is much more organized than some of the other distilleries. Everyone sits down and has four tastes sitting in front of them and Lee described each one and we tasted them as directed. On the way out from the tasting everyone is offered a bourbon ball. We loved it! Definitely worth the trip. Better than some other distilleries.

1  Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

A fantastic way to spend a couple hours in the Kentucky countryside! We visited on a beautiful sunny afternoon and were impressed with the beauty of the setting and the distinctive way in which the buildings are painted and decorated. The grounds are immaculate as was the entire distillery.

The guided tour lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and is well worth it whether you are a bourbon drinker or not. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and added little Makers Mark family antidotes that really brought the tour to life.

As we went through the distillery I found an interesting contrast between old fashioned and modern: the bourbon is fermented and aged in wooden vats and barrels. It is bottled in a very modern, sterile environment.

The tour takes you from the fermenting process, to the aging barrels, to the filling of the distinctive bottles. Once through these areas you are taken to a "tasting" room where four small glasses are lined up. Each one holds a different type of Makers Mark and the guide is very instructive as to what each contains and the differences among them.

As you move from the tasting room to the Gift Shop you walk under a ceiling of glass that contains exquisite glass work by Chihully! Incredible.

The gift shop has a range of items but the big draw is that if you purchase a bottle of Makers Mark you may dip the top into the signature red wax yourself! (Do not expect to purchase it for less than any other place - they will not undersell their distributors).

While the tour is only an hour plus, allow plenty of time to go and come! Makers Mark Distillery is way out in the country. Make sure you have good directions also.

1  Thank lyre66
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