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A Bourbon Trail Review: Woodford Reserve

In 1999, The Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) launched the “Kentucky Bourbon Trail.” Now a staple for most who come to the Bluegrass state, the Bourbon Trail has grown and evolved over the years. If you’re looking for something to do during the weekends for a half-day or full-day activity, traveling the Bourbon Trail offers a terrific experience.

If you’re located in the Lexington area, visit Woodford Reserve Distillery for a nice half-day excursion. They offer daily tours that walk visitors through the history of bourbon and what it is that makes Woodford different. (Tip: Before or after your tour, you can also enjoy a simple but delicious meal developed by renowned chef, Ouita Michel, at Glenn’s Creek Cafe)  

To get to Woodford, you’ll drive through beautiful rolling hills and incredible horse farms. The Woodford site, originally founded in 1812 by Elijah Pepper, has been perfectly restored and maintained by Woodford Reserve Distillery. As one of the oldest and smallest distilleries in Kentucky, Woodford offers an intimate experience of the bourbon-making process.

During the tour, you’ll be enveloped in aromas of Woodford’s mash profile (and even get a taste). Guided through the entire process from beginning to bottle, you’ll explore rooms decorated with iconic copper pot stills and warehouses filled with Woodford barrels.

For an even more intimate experience, Woodford now finishes their tours with a tasting in one of their warehouses. You’ll be led into a room filled with candlelight, bourbon, and chocolate. Once everyone is situated, your guide will help you discover the different profiles of the Woodford Bourbons (Distiller’s Select and Double Oaked) along with a Ruth Hunt Bourbon Ball chocolate to elevate your tasting experience.

At Lexington Relocation, we highly recommend you stop by Woodford Reserve to experience an intimate Bourbon Tour. It is recommended to book your tour before arrival. To do so, visit here. For more insight on other tours available, stay posted for upcoming blogs on other Kentucky Distilleries!