Kentucky Bourbon Trail recognises craft whiskey distilleries

19th October, 2012 by Becky Paskin

In recognition of the soaring popularity of craft distilling in the US, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) has launched the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour features seven micro-distilleries located within the state

The association has run the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour since 1999, featuring recognisable distilleries such as Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Woodford Reserve, Four Roses and Wild Turkey.

The tour has proven indispensible to the success of bourbon tourism in the state, with a record 13,000 people completing a tour of all six participating distilleries so far this year, spending around US$10million.

“We are proud that Kentucky is the birthplace of Bourbon and the only place in the world where visitors can enjoy the one, true and authentic Bourbon experience,” said Adam Johnson, director of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Now, to recognise and celebrate the growing number of craft distilleries in Kentucky, the KDA has launched a new tour featuring an initial seven micro-distilleries.

Visitors can pick up a free Passport to collect stamps from each distillery in, and when all seven are collected, cash it in for an exclusive present to commemorate the completion of the trail.

All the seven micro-distilleries produce small batch whiskey at different stages of ageing, while several also distil other spirits including vodka and rum.

Find out which seven craft distilleries form the new Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour by clicking through the following pages.

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