Distillery tours are the heart of what we do on the Bourbon Trail. We work with different distilleries across Kentucky to craft an itinerary that represents the best of the Bourbon and Rye industry. Some of these are newer distilleries that have opened recently to the public. Others are the classics. We mix both to give a good representation of it all.
Charles Grabitzky, the whiskey specialist of Rascal + Thorn, is leading this tour.
Not only are we getting to visit many of the famous Bourbon distilleries in Kentucky, but we will have some special arrangements to production areas and private tastings.
One of the most exciting parts of this trip will be a barrel selection for the Saratoga Whiskey Club at New Riff Distilling. You don’t get the opportunity very often to go to a distillery and choose your own barrel! This will be a highlight of the tour.
Food is always an important part of a Bourbon Trail tour! Louisville is one of the powerhouse dining centers of the South. Included in this Bourbon Trail Tour are two group dinners at great restaurants to enjoy some of this fine cuisine.
The group dynamic makes a trip like this fun as we can all experience the distilleries during the day, and the food and drink in the eve.
We will have lunch every day between distillery visits.
Wednesday, May 13 – Arrive in Louisville for a 4-night stay. Peerless Distillery Tour in the afternoon. Evening group dinner in Louisville.
Thursday, May 14 – After breakfast at the hotel, we leave and hit the trail. Early visit to Independent Stave Cooperage. Tour and experience at Bardstown Bourbon Co followed by lunch at Bottled in Bond. Afternoon experience at Maker’s Mark. We return to Louisville for a free evening.
Friday, May 15 – After breakfast at the hotel, we visit Vendome Copper Works to see the stills being made. We then head to Castle & Key for a distillery tour and lunch. Afternoon visit to Buffalo Trace. Dinner in Lexington before returning to Louisville for the night.
Saturday, May 16 – After breakfast at the hotel, we head to New Riff Distilling for a tour and private barrel selection for the Saratoga Whiskey Club. We return to Louisville in the afternoon for a Michters Experience before heading to the track to catch the Preakness Race being streamed from Churchill Downs. Dinner on own in the evening.
Sunday, May 17 – Departure from Louisville after breakfast at the hotel.
- Bardstown Bourbon Co
- Castle & Key
- Makers Mark
- Buffalo Trace
- Peerless Distilling
- New Riff Distilling
- and others
- Cooperage Tour
- Vendome Copper Still Making Visit
- Barrel Selection at New Riff Distilling
- Special tastings
- Many other treats
- 4-night stay in Louisville at select hotel
- Transportation on the Bourbon Trail
- Distillery Tours and Tastings
- Cooperage Tour
- Churchill Downs Seating
- 4 breakfasts (hotel), 3 lunches and 2 dinners
- Transportation to or from Louisville (air or car) before/after tour
- Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Drinks during included meals, unless noted
- Tips to driver
We select the best hotel for the group in downtown Louisville with walking access to restaurants and all local attractions.
$1595 USD Per Person
Early sign up discount of $100 if deposit received before Feb 15, 2020.
A deposit of $395 is due to secure a place on the trip. Reservations are taken on a first-come / first-serve basis.
The $1595 price per person is based on double occupancy, two people sharing a room. If you are a single and are ok with sharing a room, then the price does not change. If you are a single and want your own room, then there is a single supplement of $400.
Final payment is due 45 days prior to the start of the tour.
Please contact us for a Reservation Form if you are interested in joining us.