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Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles
(4.4/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
Woodford Reserve is an American brand of premium small batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey produced by the Brown-Forman Corporation. It is made from a mixture of pot still spirits distilled at the company's Woodford Reserve Distillery in Woodford County, in north-central Kentucky, and column still spirits from the Brown Forman Distillery in Shively, Kentucky. Each bottle is numbered with a batch number and bottle number. Woodford Reserve's alcohol content is 45.2% alcohol by volume (90.4 US Proof).HistoryThe Woodford Reserve Distillery, formerly known as the Old Oscar Pepper Distillery and later the Labrot & Graham Distillery, is approximately eight miles from the town of Versailles off U.S. Route 60, between Interstate 64 and Versailles.Distilling on the site began in 1780 and the distillery building itself was erected in 1838, making it the oldest of the nine bourbon distilleries in current operation in Kentucky as of 2010—although the site has not been continuously operational as a distillery during that history. In 1995 the distillery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2000 it was designated a National Historic Landmark.
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  • Woodford Reserves was one of my favorite stops on the bourbon trail. The historic buildings in the beautiful landscape were very serene. It was a nice tour of the distillery and the historic rickhouse...  more »
  • Even though this is a big distiller I really loved the tour and the drive in. The drive in is though the heart of horse country, white picket fences and all. The tour is great up close and personal. T...  more »
  • This is the distillery with the most picturesque route. The road towards Woodford was just beautiful, from the beautiful farms and the horses with the rolling hills. The actual limestone distillery is...  more »
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  • If you love Woodford Reserve, this place will be a real treat. The grounds are beautiful, the tour guide we had was knowledgeable. Standing in the building with the barrels aging was an experience not to be missed - the smell is incredible. The gift shop has some nice things to commemorate your visit.
  • Loved our tour here, even though it had a price attached. Informative tour guide and set up with av so you can hear them. The tasting was super fun as we got a special experience on a busy day and got to taste our bourbon in a quaint barrel storage area. The gift shop/lobby area is also really nice. Overall just a lovely setting and well worth the trip.
  • Best distillery tour I've been on so far. Only 2 of 4 whiskeys presented at the end, but they were presented well. Helps that this is one of the best bourbons out there.
  • Incredibly disappointed. I was a designated drive and Woodford would not allow me to stand with my friends while they did their tasting. This is against policy and idea of "think responsibly". Way to create an environment where you force people to pay or encourage paying for drinking. This is a failure in oversight on how to govern responsible drink. Not buying Woodford product again as I watched this happen to other people. #woodford#fail#dissappointed
  • We were quite disappointed at the poor attitude and philosophy of the gift shop and the staff. Poorly run, and we now have a sour feeling about Woodford Reserve whiskey and the company. They wanted $2.50 for a small piece of bubble wrap for our purchases when most retailers provide it as part of basic packaging, especially when the cost of the retail whiskey was top price, even though the bottling and packaging takes place 100 yards away. The lady taking money for the $14 per person tours didn't want to take my $100 bill. They were also stingy in the tasting room compared to the other distilleries. Pretty visitor center, but it is also used as an event center for weddings, etc.