Lexington is home of the “good ol’ whiskey of old Kentucky” and is a hub for Bluegrass bourbon. According to the Kentucky Distillers Association, 95% of all bourbon is produced in Kentucky and as of 2008 Kentucky Bourbon is the largest export of all U.S. SPirits, shipping 25 million gallons in 126 countries.
With September being Bourbon history month, five distilleries in Lexington are open for tours.
- The Woodford Reserve – $25
- Wild Turkey Distillery – Free
- Buffalo Trace – Free
- Four Roses Distilling – Free
- Town Branch Distillery – $7
Each distillery handles admission, cost, and the approach to each product.
Lexington is also the start to the kentucky Bourbon Trail. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail will give you a feeling of the great tradition known as “America’s Official Native Spirit.” Along the tour you’ll see the legendary distillers that have crafted some of the best bourbon for over 200 years.
If the tours of each distillery weren’t enough for you, Bardstown is also hosting the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. The festival runs from the 17th until the 22nd of September. For more information please see the Kentucky Bourbon Festival website http://www.kybourbonfestival.com