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Maker’s Mark Distillery Tour

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Last month Mike and I were in Louisville, Kentucky to attend our friends’ wedding. Back in 2008, on his way to see Kansas play in the Orange Bowl, Mike stopped in Loretto, Kentucky and took a tour of Maker’s Mark Distillery. He signed up for their Ambassador Program and now 6 years later his bourbon was ready to be bottled. As an Ambassador, Mike was invited to visit the distillery for a complimentary tour and tasting before picking up a few bottles from his batch. The timing was perfect because Loretto is just a little over an hour drive from Louisville, so we took a quick detour to Maker’s Mark when we first got into town.

As we drove along the winding back roads of Kentucky, we knew we had to be close to the distillery when the large black barrel houses started dotting the landscape. It was a drizzly, overcast morning, but that couldn’t stop the beauty of this area from shining through. The trees were beginning to show signs that fall was indeed upon us and the bright greens that remained created a striking contrast with the black buildings and red shutters of Maker’s Mark.

Maker's Mark Distillery

 

Maker's Mark Distillery

We received a very warm and cheerful welcome when we arrived at the visitor’s center and waited for our tour to begin. On the tour we walked through several buildings, each housing a separate stage of the bourbon making process. We saw the copper still pots, the mash tuns, the label making, the bottling line complete with red wax dipping stations, and the barrel houses, as well as all the beautiful scenery along the way.

Maker's Mark Distillery

Maker's Mark Distillery

Maker's Mark Distillery

Maker's Mark Distillery

Maker's Mark Distillery

Maker's Mark Distillery

Maker's Mark Distillery

Maker's Mark Distillery

Maker's Mark Distillery

Maker's Mark Distillery

After the tour we made our way to the tasting room where we tasted four different versions of Maker’s Mark bourbon. I’m not a bourbon fan, but I still enjoyed the tasting. From here we made our way to the shop where Mike purchased his bottles and the hands-on fun began. Mike was able to put the personalized labels on each of his bottles and then made his way over to the dipping station where he dipped each bottle on his own. You can do the dipping even if you’re not an Ambassador, but as an Ambassador it’s all included. Visiting Maker’s Mark was a very cool, memorable experience and I definitely recommend stopping by if you’re in the area. If you’re really into bourbon you can follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and check out the other great distilleries in the area like Bulleit, Four Roses, Jim Beam, Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve, and Evan Williams.

Maker's Mark Distillery

Maker's Mark Distillery

Maker's Mark Distillery

Maker's Mark Distillery

Mentioned in this post
  1. Louisville
    City in Kentucky

    Louisville Kentucky
  2. Maker's Mark Distillery, Inc.
    Attraction in Loretto Kentucky

    3350 Burks Spring Rd
    Loretto Kentucky
    (270) 865-2881
    http://www.makersmark.com/

  • This looks like so much fun! I’ve always wanted to travel the “Bourbon Trail” – despite going to school in Nashville I never did. Time for another trip!

    • You should go! It’s really not a bad drive from Chicago, perfect for a road trip!

  • Tomissa Porath

    I’m halfway through waiting on my bottle. Can’t wait to go down there… in three years.

    • Well worth the wait 🙂

  • I’ve been on many distillery tours, but this one looked absolutely amazing! Maybe I should get Dan a bottle…
    Katharine
    http://www.paytington.com

    • Like I said, I don’t even like bourbon but this tour was great. I’ve been on several distillery and brewery tours and they did a fantastic job here – add in the gorgeous surroundings and it’s definitely one of the best.


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