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Kentucky Bourbon Trail Day 2

Last week I posted about our last minute weekend get-away to Kentucky Bourbon Country. Day 2 was sure to not disappoint!

After a lazy morning at the Woodford Inn and a breakfast of creamy grits, day 2 of our Kentucky bourbon tour started at Makers Mark Distillery. Also listed as a National Historical Landmark, Maker’s Mark crafts its bourbon in 19 barrel batches, a small amount compared to the larger distilleries. The tour lead us through the bourbon making process including the bottling house where they hand dip each bottle neck in their signature red wax to seal the top. We decided to try our hand at wax dipping bottle necks and found that it really required a certain knack to achieve that appealing subtile wax drip.

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On Sunday’s there are fewer tours available, the distilleries close early afternoon. We attempted to fit into our schedule a trip to Heaven Hill and Jim Beam.

Heaven Hill is the largest independent family owned producer and marketer of distilled spirits in the United States, having planted their stake in Kentucky around 1935. They have since moved from producing primarily bourbon and now focus on supplying spirits in America.

All this driving and running around had us craving for some local southern food. Bardstown, where Jim Beam and Heaven Hill are located has a really great downtown district. There are a couple dozen if not more historic buildings in this concentrated area. An early dinner found us at The Old Talbott Tavern. Known as one of the oldest western stagecoach stops in America, the Tavern opened in 1779 during the Revolutionary war and has seen its fair share of famous historical figures. Visitors included Lewis & Clark, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson & Henry Clay to name a few and several famous Generals from William Henry Harrison to George S. Patton.  The food was delicious – fried green tomatoes are a must.

Tomorrow we will visit Wild Turkey and Four Roses Distillery before heading back up north for a great long weekend finale.

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