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Maker's Mark Distillery, Inc., Loretto

Categories: Distilleries, Food & Drink
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4.7/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web
In the woods of Kentucky, Maker's Mark Distillery, Inc. produces small batches of bourbon whiskey. Recognizable by bottles sealed with red wax, the company distills its spirits at 45 percent alcohol by volume (90 proof) using red winter wheat instead of rye. Take a regular tour of the distillery and taste its bourbon, or book an extended tour, where you'll witness the inner workings of crafting this spirit (and you'll get a set of wax-dipped rock glasses as a souvineer). There are plenty of stairs to climb, so dress comfortably. Check out the gift shop, where you can get items such as bourbon chocolates, fleece sweaters, cigars, and coffee. Take a look at our Loretto vacation builder to schedule your visit to Maker's Mark Distillery, Inc. and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Beautiful setting, everyone very nice and helpful, just breath taking and great bourbon of course. definitely would return 
  • I enjoyed this tour a lot, but there was a sense of being in a "cattle call" which diminished my experience somewhat. Tours are scheduled to leave about every 15 minutes or so, so everyone is gathered...  read more »
  • One of the pleasures of Kentucky is good bourbon. Even if the drink doesn't appeal, visiting the distillery will. This one is tucked away with small roads winding through the Kentucky countryside. The...  read more »
  • Visited the distillery during roads trips in May 2015 and June 2016. Wonderful tours both times and both tour guides were very personable, imparting lots of interesting information. Learned something new both times. Even the staff in the gift shop treated one like family rather mere customers. Yes, on both trips purchased a bottle which I dipped in the wax. More fun than it has a right to be. The grounds are beautiful and worth the trip by themselves. The drive in is some of the most scenic roads in the area. One note: Marker's has put in a new entrance road and parking lot and not all GPS units have the last mile or so correct. Follow the posted road signs.
  • We visited with Mint Julep tours 9/1/16 on my husband's 40th birthday. Our guide was Ben, he was very knowledgeable. The grounds were beautiful, and the tasting was excellent. Be sure to look out for the friendly little cat named Whisky.
  • Tour guide had no idea what he was talking about and or just bad communication skills. This bourbon is ok. Not as good as its hyped up to be. Nobody in my group of younger adults was checked for proper age before the tasting. I really expected more out of a paid tour. I didnt learn anything beyond, this is where we make the bourbon and this is where we store the bourbon. Very piss poor guide. Jack Daniel's distillery has a MUCH better FREE tour and better whiskey.
  • I first went to this distillery in 2007 and have been back a few times. That said, Maker's Mark has always been a gimmicky bourbon. They regularly plaster their bottles with various images and themes in order to boost sales to people who think they are collectors items. Instead, they are buying mediocre bourbon that they will never drink. I said that because this tour feels just like the bourbon. It was too crowded, over commercialized, and packed with people who had little desire to be there. One positive is that you will actually walk around a facility where bourbon is distilled. That sounds strange but it's not always the case with these tours. Overall, I'm not going to tell you to avoid it. Just don't get your hopes up. Oh, and visit in the summer. The scenery is wonderful.
  • What a fantastic stop on the Bourbon Trail! We went on a guided tour and the guide was very informative and added some humor which made it so enjoyable. We enjoyed this stop so much! I'm looking forward to my next opportunity to stop in!
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