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Address: 712 Danville Highway, Lebanon, KY 40033-1700
Phone Number: (270) 692-4674
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Really informative!!!!

I have been on a bourbon craft trip and visited the Kentucky Cooperage in Lebanon where they make the barrels for bourbon and all. The tour is the only way you can see what... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I have been on a bourbon craft trip and visited the Kentucky Cooperage in Lebanon where they make the barrels for bourbon and all. The tour is the only way you can see what goes on, and I believe that coopers are artist to form a barrel from slants of white oak. It is a real art! And work. You... More 

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Riverton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

After days on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail having the chance to visit a cooperage seemed like a good idea. This free tour was amazing! An employee guided us through video presentations and viewing stations within their busy facility to allow us to see the construction of bourbon barrels from start to finish. I really appreciate this company for committing staff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Wife and I stopped in with friends for the one o'clock tour. The tour was a lot more informative and interesting than what I thought it would be. A definite must see for the bourbon trail.

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Leelanau, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this free and informative tour. We were taken right into the factory to see the process. Everything was explained well. So interesting! Definitely worth the stop!

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Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Tramping the Bourbon Trail and hearing of each distillery's specific barrel "char" I really wanted to see where the barrels were made. The men and women at the ISC are doing it right and doing it well. Wow to their craftsmanship! The tours are only offered during the week at 9:30 and 1:00, so make sure to plan accordingly. Our... More 

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Joelton, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is a type of place you don't see everyday. Visited here while doing the Bourbon trail. I'm a distiller myself. Loved making this link in the chain!!!!!!!

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Libertyville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

As a DIY woodworker this might have been a little more interesting to me than most people, however my wife enjoyed it thoroughly also. We had a one on one tour although most tours might have up to 10 people on them. Took about 45 minutes as I recall. Stops at many stations with very good narrative. They encourage questions.... More 

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Franklin, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Enjoyed getting an up close view of how whiskey barrels are made. Very interesting. Guided tour of plant and use of headsets.

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Brunswick, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We only found out about this tour from the head distiller at Marker's Mark. He told us this is where they get their barrels. After our morning Maker's tour, we would have just enough time to take the 1pm tour. They had directions in the gift shop. I cannot remember the last time I have seen a group of people... More 

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Debary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This tour is so well-done, hard to believe it's free. It really adds to the experience of touring some of the distilleries. Tours are twice a day, M - Fri. and last about 45 minutes. After viewing a short video, you're given safety glasses and headphones and follow a guide out into the factory. You make 3 or 4 stops,... More 

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