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Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles

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Woodford Reserve is a brand of premium small batch Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey produced in Woodford County, Kentucky by the Brown-Forman Corporation. It is made from a mixture of pot still spirits produced at the company's Woodford Reserve Distillery there, and column still spirits from the Brown Forman Distillery in Shively, Kentucky. Each 45.2% alcohol by volume (90.4 US Proof) bottle bears a unique batch and bottle number.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 in north-central Kentucky, off U.S. Route 60 between Interstate 64 and Versailles.Distilling on the site began in 1780, with today's distillery building erected in 1838. Although the site has not been continuously operational as a distillery since, the structure stands as the oldest of the nine bourbon distilleries in operation in Kentucky as of 2010. In 1995 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2000 was designated a National Historic Landmark.
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  • There is so much to be said about this distillery experience! It's hard to describe just how classy and well done the Woodford Reserve tour is. From the beautiful, stately white house where the gift s...  more »
  • We toured this distillery on a Sunday. I thought on the website it stated that tours were offered from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm on Sundays (on the hour). However, when we arrived we were placed on a tour...  more »
  • Fun, informative tour. I would highly recommend walking shoes (I wore thick heeled boots from traveling, not the best choice). We booked our tour in advance, checked in at the front desk and waited fo...  more »
  • Woodford Reserve has been my go to bourbon for a while. The tour was the best if those I took. Definitely more commercialized than some of the others. I will certainly go back. The tasting area was very cool.
  • Awesome experience touring the woodford reserve distillery, the tour guide was very knowledgeable of the bourbons' past. Wish they had given a little bit more in the tasting portions. Definitely a great bourbon to drink.
  • Sorry to say but this distillery can't afford more than two stars compared to others in bourbon trail. $14 for the distillery tour with just 2 tasting samples is too much. The tasting area sitting is awkward and the bar stools are too uncomfortable to sit even for 10 mins. The tour guide was good and I am giving 2 stars for her. The bus was over crowded and people literally standing inside bus that clearly says tour was over booked. Parking area is not big enough compared too people visiting.
  • By far the most beautiful stop along the Trail. We didn't have time for a tour (still upset about that), but we did a tasting which was still pretty cool. Be aware, Woodford was the most packed of any of the places we went.
  • Being the designated driver I was told I could not stay with my party during tasting because I wasn't tasting. I sat on the deck which was beautiful. So much for being a responsible to individual and choosing to not drink and drive.

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