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Maker's Mark Distillery, Inc, Loretto

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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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  • Don't listen to people who say it wasn't pleasant, yes the directions can be confusing but if you research online in advance their website clearly warns you of that. I went with friends and we were al...  more »
  • Makers Mark is one of our favorite whiskeys so we were super excited about this stop. We'd been on a lot of tours so just wanted to do a tasting rather than the whole song and dance which is why we di...  more »
  • What a pleasure to not only experience the Maker's Mark Distillery tour but to be able to see the stunning glass sculptures by world renowned artist Dale Chihuly! We went on a late Sunday morning, bea...  more »
  • Well-worth the $12 tour and visit. The reception building is decorated beautifully. The campus was absolutely gorgeous and was reminiscent of Jack Daniels. I loved the red shutters with the bottle outline on all the buildings. I really appreciated the tasting portion of the tour. We all had 5 glasses on a long table while our tour guide explained each one and showed us how to taste and appreciate the flavors. It was a lot more extensive of a tasting than I expected.
  • It was a little disappointing because when I went in late June there were areas closed due to construction, but overall it was very interesting. I will certainly go again. Of the three tours I did that weekend, the most unique takeaway is dipping your own bottle.
  • This was my favorite distillery tour out of all the others. It felt much more like a premium and educational experience overall. It was thanks to this tour that I got hooked onto bourbon! Small $9 fee for the tour is totally worth it - try to reserve your spot online to avoid lineups, etc. The path they take you through on the tour is beautifully designed and landscaped - don't want to spoil it but just be sure to appreciate the sights. This tour is a lot about experiencing rather than just seeing - not only do you get to taste the mash but they teach you how to find the different flavors and fragrances in the bourbon. It was at that point that I finally started understanding and appreciating bourbon. Gift shop is really cool but be prepared to pay premium prices.
  • We did the beyond the mark tour with Lindsey as our Guide(she was great!). It's was very education. Handsdown the best distillery we have experienced.
  • Awesome spot. Came during Derby Week. Got to wax-dip my own bourbon bottle and take home some 47 staves (amazing in the grill!).

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