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“What a Lovely Way to Spend a Fall Day at a Most Charming Distillery”

Woodford Reserve Distillery
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Owner description: Bourbon distillery
Scottsdale, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“What a Lovely Way to Spend a Fall Day at a Most Charming Distillery”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

We visited Woodford Reserve back October 2012-the absolute perfect time to visit as far as I am concerned. Kentucky is simply stunning in the fall...just as beautiful, if not more, than the Northeast Region of the U.S. We went on a terrific tour of the distillery, led by a very good tour guide. I am not a bourbon drinker by any means, but I still found the process in which they make the bourbon very interesting. It is quite an intimate distillery, if that makes sense. It is very picturesque and charming. After the tour, we went into the main part-hospitality center of Woodford Reserve and tasted a few excellent bourbons. My husband and I then decided to get a few sandwiches at their little café inside and take them out on the patio...so very nice and most certainly the perfect way to spend an afternoon enjoying the beautiful Kentucky fall! This place is a real treasure and we will most certainly go back!

Visited October 2012
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“Great Place and very Educational!”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

I loved this place. The education that you learn here, the history, the family all of it is great! You get to take a tour of a working distillery. And you even get to sample the product after you learn about it! Great place with easy walking and nice area. The people are so nice!

Visited February 2013
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“Bourbon Tour”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

Woodford Reserve is a must see. Great presentation and beautiful place. We started out Bourbon Tour here and it was hard to top this tour!!

Visited February 2013
Thank Janet K
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“A perfect introduction to the Bourbon Trail”
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”
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
Thank BillDayton
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