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Review of Mint Julep Tours

Mint Julep Tours
Ranked #1 of 22 Food & Drink in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Mint Julep Tours is the only dedicated tour company focused on The Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. Based in Louisville, Kentucky we offer Custom and Public Bourbon Distillery Tours as well as unique Exclusive Experiences, Horse Farm Tours, Culinary Tours, City Tours, and more! As a truly one-of-a-kind tour and destination management company, Mint Julep Tours also offers transportation and event planning services with a focus on Special Events, Corporate Outings and Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties. Whether you’re traveling with us through Bourbon Country, historic Louisville, or visiting a horse farm; Kentucky provides an adventure that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Each tour is created by our inspiration and commitment to sharing Kentucky traditions. We make sure that our tours exceed expectations by offering quality itineraries packed with interesting history, fun facts, and picturesque locations resulting in truly memorable experiences. We have a love and passion for Kentucky that we are excited to share with you as our guest! The purpose of fun is to have some…So come join us!
Cold Spring, Minnesota
2 reviews
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

While in Louisville for a convention, we signed on to a distillery tour with Mint Julep Tours. The (30 passenger??) coaches were clean, and in good repair with comfortable seats, but were spaced so close together that there was NO room for my knees (I'm 5' 11" and 200lb.): Think econlmy class, then reduce space by 25%. The coach must have had super duty suspensions as it made a spine-jarring BANG!! over expansion joints on bridges. The guide, Chuck, was a nice enough guy, but didn't have a lot to say. What this whole thing boiled down to was a $70.00, each person, ride to the distillery. As regular distillery tours don't have a lot of substance (look for one that has a "hard hat tour" that actually takes you into the distillery) I would have expected some additional educational/tasting/informational sessions from Mint Julep. Do yourself a favor; rent a car as it will be cheaper and more comfortable.

Visited August 2012
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Louisville, KY
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“Ear to Ear Grins”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

Below is my letter to Lisa at Mint Julep Tours after we contracted MJT for our company outing Saturday, July 25, 2012. It was a pleasure to work with this knowledgeable and friendly outfit. We had 24 guests and a cooler full of breakfast foods and beverages (with approval). Everyone commented on what a great trip it was. I highly recommend this company for your organized group outing. Made me proud to be a Kentuckian too!

Hi Lisa, I just wanted to tell you what a great time we had on our tour Saturday. Chuck and Michael were great tour guides and very enjoyable company. Everything went smoothly. The bus was nice too. The kids really loved Normandy Farm with its foals - the grins were ear to ear on everyone as a herd of them came galloping from the back field to visit with us by the barn. We all enjoyed the beautiful and historical Claiborne Farm. There was quite a bit of chatter after our visit about everything we learned. Buffalo Trace was lovely and interesting as well. The afternoon had warmed up a bit though - too bad more of the tour couldn't be done in the shade! The tasting room made up for it though. We were all exhausted by day's end - there were lots of sleepers on the ride home! Lunch at Addie's was delicious! Who would think some of the best Fish and Chips in the U.S. could be found in Versailles, KY! Thanks for making our company outing a success. Even the folks from Kentucky were impressed. Great job!

Visited July 2012
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“Greatest experience of my life!”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

Our guide was a kentuckien by the name of Gary, he knew every blade of grass, ear of corn, all the bars, restaurants and distillaries in Kentucky. He gave me a great time , and if you get the chance go to the family run willet distillary.

Thank you so much!

bartender Jules bistro. Vancouver

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Fort Myers, FL
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“Sunset City Tour and "Best of Kentucky" tours”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

My husband and I were in town for a conference and had the opportunity to tour with Mint Julep twice. Having taken many tours throughout the USA, we found Mint Julep to be a well-organized and overall really good tour experience, with some room for improvement in this young (5 yr old) company.

First of all, our tours were somewhat "touch and go," based on the possibility of not having enough people to do the tour. Fortunately we were able to meet the minimum of 6 people for each tour and go forward. We would have been disappointed to not have gone, and I wish that there had been an option for a private tour, perhaps at a slightly higher fee, for a smaller group if necessary.

The sunset city tour was hosted by Chuck, a great story-teller and excellent guide. We left from the Galt House hotel by the river, and were driven throughout Louisville with short stops to take pictures. The highlight was our stop across the river (a challenge based on bridge traffic) to see the river falls on the Indiana side. The vistas were incredible, and a stop at the Interpretive Center would have been cool if it had been open, to learn more about the history of the falls, which were the cause of Louisville's origination as river traffic had to unload and route around the falls to continue north or south.

The only downside of the tour was the actual tour bus, which wasn't ideal for visibility. The bus itself was comfortable, but the windows and the height of the bus made sight seeing a bit of a challenge at times.

Our 2nd tour was the "Best of Kentucky." Our guide was Gary, who was very knowledgable and filled the time with good commentary. We started at 7:45 am, which was rather early for us, and traveled about an hour and a half to Paris, KY, outside of Lexington, to horse country. We were early, so we killed a little time stopping for coffee at a Starbucks.

We toured the "Aldena Springs" horse farm, a thoroughbred breeding facility with several champion stallions. The breeding fees go for thousands of dollars, and we got the blow-by-blow on how exactly breeding occurs. The detail was perhaps a bit more than I wanted to know - perhaps visualizing myself in the "brood mare" position, what with her being "teased," washed, booted up to avoid hurting the precious stallion, front leg tied up to decrease the risk of kicking, "twitched" by a device that pulls the mare's upper lip to hold her in position during mounting, etc.

The trainers paraded two of their stallions before us: Ghostzapper and Einstein. They were beautiful horses, sleek, well-built, and really majestic to look at. They must have felt that they were being called to perform, as they displayed their "stallion" parts proudly.

We spent about an hour at the horse farm, which I felt was more than enough time. I think that the discussion was geared more for the horse-racing afficianado rather than the casual visitor such as myself.

After the horse farm, we headed to lunch at Holly Hill Inn, a historic mansion in Wayside, KY. This was one of the worst parts of the tour. The lunch was a prix fixe brunch, overpriced, and not very good. Please see my review under TripAdvisor for more details.

After our brunch we drove a long way to see the Buffalo Trace Bourbon facility. Very historic and interesting, but again, way too long for the casual visitor. The tour lasted over an hour in hot and strong bourbon-smelling environments. The tasting was fun, with the highlight for me being a yummy Bourbon cream.

After the tour, we had about another hour or so's drive back to town. We got back around 4:30 or 5 pm. A really, really long day, much of which was spent on the bus, which was really bumpy and bangey from the poor road conditions on the interstate. Ka-bam! Forget about trying to take a nap...

My recommendation for the tour company would be to restructure the tour for the casual visitor - pick a horse farm closer to town; perhaps not with the reputation and dazzle of Aldena Farms, but just for the experience of seeing a thoroughbred horse. Find a couple of short tourist stops on the way to minimize the non-stop travel. Obviously a better lunch option has to be found - maybe a stop at Wayside's downtown and let the group find their own bite to eat. Finally, this tour could be added to the city tour as we did overlap in several areas.

Overall, we got to see alot of Louisville and Kentucky, which was our goal. The guides were great and tried really hard - just a few logistical changes might make it even better.

Visited July 2012
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
“Bourbon Trail Experience”
Reviewed July 13, 2012

6 of us decided to take a trip to Bourbon country, and found numerous reviews for Mint Julep tours. They were well reviewed overall and we decided to give them a try. Michelle and Charlotte helped design our day drip and we decided to hit Buffalo Trace & Four Roses. As we approached our day, we were offered a side trek to barrel making in the early AM for no additional charge, which we jumped on! All 3 experiences were fun. We all really enjoyed the barrel making as something completely unexpected and in full production. Our guide, Chuck, was fun and informative. Although we experienced some ridiculous heat over 100 degrees, Chuck did his best to keep us comfortable with the A/C and water. It was a great trip that I’d recommend doing if in the area. Our lunch stop at Holly Hill was a great break in the day with tasty food and friendly service. Cheers! (For a full day 8am to 4pm, it was only $119 per person for a van to ourselves. Quite reasonable. Make sure to tip your guide if you enjoyed!)

Visited July 2012
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