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Maker's Mark Distillery, Inc., Loretto
(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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Reviews
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  • We were very fortunate to walk in when just before a 2 hrs extended trial tour, which was offered for free. We had a small group and got to see and learn lots about bourbon distilling, wood and the hi...  more »
  • If you have read any of my other reviews of distilleries, you may note I'm not wild about big operations. I find them lacking in the personal touch you get at smaller operations and I feel the faint s...  more »
  • I have been a Makers fan/drinker for many, many years. Visiting Makers has always been on my bucket list! The Heritage Tour we booked is very limited and our host turned out to be Bill Samuels Jr. Wha...  more »
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  • Tour was great- you get to taste the mash (this was the only tour we went on that allowed us to do so). You can dip your own bottle or have them dip a glass in front of you. Grounds are beautiful and well maintained. Also recommend the little cafe on site- the sandwiches are GREAT! We grabbed a few to take out and share and were very impressed.
  • Best distillery tour for many reasons. First, the setting. You can't create a place with so much beauty AND history over night. Second, bring your camera or phone because they ALLOW AND PROMOTE photo taking. Third, they immerse you into the process.....well, not literally. Most distillers don't let you taste the mash. They WANT you to dip a finder into the mash tank and taste the difference between mash just cooked, mash 2 days old and mash 3 days old. Fourth, they treat you like family, not a consumer. They are honestly honored you trekked off the beaten path to be there. And finally, no other distillery can match the beautiful setting. Whether you are going to do every distillery on the Bourbon Tour or only one, see Maker's Mark. Just leave some bottles for the rest of us to drink.
  • Amazing rate this as an A++tour- the guide atmosphere & experience- very classy. I am officially in love with "makers mark" bourbon --the drive is challenging in an RV but very beautiful once you arrive it takes your breath away nothing what I expected !!!!! And take time to eat at the cafe amazing as well - smoked chicken salad and brisket with a touch of mustard w bourbon highly recommend--
  • 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.