“Whisky. Without the 'e'.”
First alcoholic beverage facility to be named a National Historic Landmark. Where Maker's Mark Whisky is made, an absolute favorite among nearly all whisky and whiskey fans. Learn how the famous red-wax covered liquor came to be one of the most prominent, iconic, and beloved alcoholic drinks in America. 90 proof then, and 90 proof now. Tours offered every hour on the half hour: Monday – Saturday, 10:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. EST Sunday, March through December: 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 P.M. EST The tour & bourbon tasting is $7 for adults. There is no charge for active duty military with an ID.
If you ever find yourself in the backwoods of Kentucky be sure to stop here for an amazing tour of one of the top bourbon distilleries. However this is not a family tour, you must be at least 21 years old in order to go on the tour, because they do a tasting at the end. Yummm. Before or after the tour, they also have the cutest lunch spot, just through the woods, with one of the best pulled pork sandwiches. You can also stop by the gift shop, buy a bottle of maker's and dip it in the wax your self! For all you art lover's out there they also have an installation piece by Dale Chihuly, that you will see at the end of the tour.
Warning: Get ready for the longest, most backwoods ride of your life, haha. Really though, it was well worth the drive, really neat place.
One of my favorite tours on the bourbon trail. They lead you through the whole process. Tour guide was very knowledgable. Tasting was great. Grounds were beautiful. If you're doing the trail, I would recommend making this one of your stops.
As if the bottles aren't cool enough, and the whisky isn't tasty enough, you have to be impressed by the sheer size of this place, as the distillery covers 200 acres (the total property is over 600). Truly an incredible setting with the old house, babbling creek, multiple buildings, etc.
The gift shop is cool, and yes, we bought a bottle, dressed like fools, and dipped it in our own 400 degree signature red wax.
The day we went, it was 30 degrees and raining, and we therefore opted to not pay for the tour, much of which is outside. We told the host that we didn't want to take the tour this time, and she made it awkward and uncomfortable for us.. Another host said it is fine to show yourself around, which we did, and we had a great time!
Make sure to check when the production is shut down for maintenance. They still do the tour, but not much to see. Tasting was well done.
Being an Ambassador I try to visit every couple of years. The grounds are beautiful, employees very friendly and the "booze" is great.
Takes a bit to get here, but very worth it. The grounds are beautiful and the tour is very informative. At the end, they let you dip your own bottle! They also explain their varieties and why/how they keep consistency over time.
If you buy a bottle while you're there you get to dip it in the red wax yourself! Kind of cool. Would make an awesome day-trip if combined with Mammoth Caves.
Definitely worth the trip!! Beautiful grounds!! Highly recommended
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Maker's Mark Distillery
- Mon - Sat: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
- Sun: 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
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