We stopped by Maker's Mark distillery while on a recent trip to Lexington. Although it was quite a drive to get there - it was a beautiful ride, albeit we were out in the middle of nowhere with spotty cell service. I would recommend reviewing your directions before leaving - our GPS was spotty as well.
The tour was only $7 per adult. The main house where we purchased tickets was great fun to look through - be sure to catch the 'talking' picture frames in the office and taste the Maker's coffee in the kitchen. There is also an interactive old phone in the library - very cool!
Our tour guide was great - very laid back in his delivery (much appreciated for those of us casual bourbon drinkers). He answered every question that was posed to him thoroughly.
The tour itself was lots of fun. The scenery outside is breathtaking. The bourbon-making process on the inside was very cool. We even got to taste the mash! Although there is walking, the tour is very limited in the area that it covers, and I would imagine would not be a hardship for anyone not in a wheelchair (the may have W/C accommodations that I'm not aware of though).
At the end, we had a guided tasting - something that someone like me REALLY appreciated. I will never drink bourbon the same way again! The tour ends as you walk into the gift shop - which has a wide variety of T-shirts, glasses, housewares, etc. The coolest part of the gift shop, though, is the ability to dip your own bottle of Maker's in wax to seal the top. Although the process was great fun, and I think it's a great idea to share with tourists, the process was a bit confusing - we didn't know where/when to purchase our bottle. Where to stand in line. Who can take pictures and how far back they had to stand. However, the staff was very nice and it was lots of fun.
I definitely would recommend this tour to anyone (bourbon drinker or not) who is in the area. Of the 3 distillery tours I've been on (Woodford and Maker's Mark in KY and Jack Daniels in TN) - Maker's was definitely my favorite!
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