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“The best bourbon tour we had”
Review of Maker's Mark

Maker's Mark
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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.
Seattle, Washington
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The best bourbon tour we had”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

We visited three bourbon distilleries and this was by far the most fun. Beautiful grounds, smart tour guide, complete tour (though the bottling operation was not in operation when we were there). It was the only place where we could dip a finger into a vat of fermenting sour mash and taste it. The gift shop is overpriced, though if you want to spend $45 for a bottle you can buy for much less in a store, for the privilege of hand dipping it in red wax yourself, it's a nice souvenir. Very friendly and accommodating folks and terrific bourbon! The drive to and through Loretto, past farms and homes, is beautiful, but be sure to allow ample time. It's a long ride!

Visited July 2014
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Charming tour, cozy setting”
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.

Visited July 2014
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“My favorite”
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.

Visited July 2014
Thank Dianeni
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Austin, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“First Bourbon Distillery Tour”
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.

Visited June 2014
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Even if you don't drink bourbon”
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.

Visited July 2014
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