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“A perfect introduction to the Bourbon Trail” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Woodford Reserve Distillery

Woodford Reserve Distillery
7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, KY 40383
859-879-1812
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Versailles
Type: Breweries, Food & Drink
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Owner description: Bourbon distillery
Cincinnati, Ohio
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“A perfect introduction to the Bourbon Trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

At first, going on the Woodford Reserve Distillery's tour just seemed like the right thing to do during our visit to central Kentucky, since were spending the weekend in the midst of the Kentucky "Bourbon Trail." But after we took the Woodford Reserve tour, we realized it's possible to have a fabulous time learning about how bourbon is made. Thanks to their $7 tour, we got an up-close-and-personal look at the steps (and the sights and smells) of the bourbon business. But since Woodford Reserve is (in the words of our tour guide) a teeny-tiny distillery in comparison to some of the others nearby, our tour experience was probably a lot more up-close-and-personal than average.

To start the tour, we got an overview of the steps in bourbon production. Then we were shuttled in a van down the hill to the historic 1830's-vintage limestone buildings where the mash is cooked, distilled, put in barrels, and tucked away for its five-to-nine-year slumber toward greatness. After that, we were shuttled back to the "start" building where we enjoyed a shot of the mature, blended product served in a souvenir Woodford Reserve shot glass and accompanied by a chocolate-covered bourbon-flavored candy.

Of note, my elderly mother chose to wait for us in the welcome building while we toured, but the staff allowed her to join us for the tasting. (She liked it very much.) Looking back, Mom probably would have had no trouble maneuvering through the tour, since most of the walking was on the flat and there was a small elevator next to the only stairway we encountered. (Hey, that sounds like a good excuse to visit again, doesn't it? Hmmm...)

Woodford describes itself as a premium brand; every aspect of the tour experience only underscores that positioning...from the obvious respect for tradition and the history of Kentucky bourbon distilling shown by the tour guide, to the kindness and respect the staff showed our mother while she waited for us in the "start" building. All in all, we received a fabulous introduction to bourbon-distilling and a very warm welcome to Kentucky's "Bourbon Trail."

TIP: You'd be wise to plan your visit for early in the day. Our tour started just after 10:00 a.m. By the time we returned to "start position," the crowds were already gathering. I suspect our tour group was a smaller (and hence, the experience was that much more enjoyable) than those groups whose tours followed ours.

Visited February 2013
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Dayton, Ohio
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“Excellent tours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

One of the finest bourbons of Kentucky. Great facilities and tour information. The tastings were great, as was the museum.

Visited March 2012
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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“Ummm?”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

I'm sure it would have been nice if they had allowed us to take the tour, but unfortunately that is not the case. We got lost and ended up maybe five minutes late, and they said we weren't allowed anywhere besides the visitor center without them. That's fine, except we could see the tour talking on porch. Really? The atmosphere was cold and extremely clinical. We had driven pretty far to see them and weren't able to take a later tour. It's fine I guess, but they definitely lost our business. Based on our previous tours I can definitely tell you there are better places to go.

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Blairsville, Georgia
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“Best distillery tour in KY”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

If you're going to tour any distillery in KY, this is the #1 tour to take. Excellent in every way--very informative tour, fine bourbon tasting, bourbon chocolate samples (the BEST!), and beautiful landscaped grounds in the heart of KY horse country. Great selection in gift shop, and you can purchase personalized bottles of Woodford Reserve for family and friends. You can also dip your own bottle in their famous red wax. How cool is that? Been to all distillery tours in KY, and this is the Best.

Visited September 2012
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Tallahassee
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“A fastastic old-world distillery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

The Woodford distillery is one of the oldest in KY and is full of character and heritage. The basic tour takes you through the fermentation room, still house complete with three enormous and beautiful copper stills, warehouse, and bottlery. The tour also includes a free shot glass and tasting of one of the highest quality bourbons in production. A must visit!

Visited December 2012
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