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Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center

1311 Gilkey Run Rd., Bardstown, KY 40004
+1 502-337-1000
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Ranked #4 of 5 Activities in Bardstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Factory Tours, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center opened on October 15th 2004. In 2009 we were awarded the Whisky Magazine Icons of Whisky Visitor... more » Owner description: Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center opened on October 15th 2004. In 2009 we were awarded the Whisky Magazine Icons of Whisky Visitor Attraction of the year award. « less
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Chicago area
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60 reviews 60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I gave this a 4 because you don't get to see any of the distilling process at this facility. The tour is more about the history of Heaven Hill and bourbon distilling, though we did get an in-depth tour through the aging warehouses and learned a little more about how they rotate the barrels, make selections for single barrel and... More

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Was disappointed with this distillery. It felt very corporate and after having just toured Marker's Mark and some other craft distilleries it felt very businessy. I was disappointed that we were not able to taste any of the bourbon without having to take a 1 hour and 15 minute tour which included having to sit through a video. It would... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This was touted as a big experience but I was disappointed. For $15 per person we got a walking tour of the description and history of the distillery that was posted on the walls of the center. We did get a tasting of four of the more expensive bourbons, $130 to 240 a bottle. But the guide was not real... More

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Phoenix, AZ
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25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We toured a few different Distilleries but this was definitely one of the favorites. Its much smaller than some of the others, but the staff here are wonderful! We actually got in early, prior to the tour we wanted, so they switched it up to give us our tour, which was great. We got to take a bunch of photos,... More

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Boutersem, Belgium
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We went for the 'connaisseur' tour with Bill. Be sure it's Bill when you take it the tour, he learns everyone something about enjoying bourbon. And he's very witty, This tour doesn't show anything about the distilling process but you get to taste some awesome, expensive bourbon! 15$ might seem expensive but the bourbon and free glass really make it... More

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Joliet, Illinois, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The tour was very brief, they do not actually distill there so you only see a video and the warehouse, but our guide did an awesome job walking us thru the tasting and explaining/demonstrating how just a few drops of water can totally change the nose, flavor and complexity of the bourbon. He was also great at reassuring everyone that... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

They facility itself has so much information that you almost don't need to do a tour - they have exhibits that you can read and even smell (pretty neat). We did the condensed version in which you watch a short video and then taste. We never heard of any of their brands so though we'd try it out and were... More

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Haverhill
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is absolutely worth a visit if you are interested in bourbon, but you should know that there is no distillery on site. That said, you do spend a bit more time in the rickhouse than in the other bourbon trail tours I've taken, the tour guide was knowledgeable, and the tasting room portion was very well done.

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Waterloo Ontario
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22 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The Heritage Center at Heaven Hill, is a quality museum dedicated to the history of Bourbon Making in Kentucky. This was the last stop on our Bourbon Trail and after 8 stops, you pretty much know how Bourbon is created, but if this is your first stop, then you will be well equipped with a basic knowledge of the distillation... More

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PADUCAH
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was the first stop on our bourbon trail adventure. I may have missed it in the information that I received, but did not realize that the distillery is located in Louisville. The tour was very limited: a 10-15 minute film and a look at a warehouse where barrels are stored. The bottling facility is on grounds, but is not... More

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