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Loretto, Kentucky: Maker's Mark Bourbon
Kentucky countryside
The scenic Kentucky countryside (courtesy, Kentucky Tourism)

6. Loretto, Kentucky: Maker's Mark Bourbon
One of the eight distilleries on the American Whiskey Trail, the Maker's Mark property rolls across 620 acres on the banks of Hardin's Creek. It is the oldest working distillery on its original site (established in 1805) and the first distillery in the United States to gain the distinction of National Historic Landmark. The grounds are a functioning arboretum with more than 275 plant species. And the product? Despite its venerable history, Maker's Mark seemed to bust out of the background in recent decades when fans of the brown liquor realized there was more to bourbon than Jack and Jim. The distillery attributes the distinctive taste to a longstanding practice of rotating barrels from the top of the warehouse to the bottom through a range of temperatures, allowing the bourbon to absorb more of the wooden-barrel flavor. Loretto is 16 miles from historic Bardstown, Kentucky's second-oldest city and the Bourbon capital of the world.
Kentucky Travel Guide

Published: 11 May 2009 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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