Experience history, nature, bourbon and outlaws at Maker's Mark
This is a solid distillery tour.
I'm always disappointed when brewery or distillery tours take you through a museum rather than an actual working operation. Maker's Mark gives you the best of both worlds. All of the buildings onsite have been beautifully restored to their original condition. The family's kitchen was my favorite room and the birthplace of the wax seal!
The guides are knowledgeable and entertaining. The grounds are parklike and hidden amongst the Kentucky hills. It's fun to pretend you're doing a moonshine run circa 1920 as you drive the narrow country roads to the distillery.
We had a special treat: Bill Samuels Jr., the recently retired president and CEO (and son of the original creator), gave us a tour and spoke to us about the company's colorful history. (It intertwines with Jesse James.) The tour took us through several working buildings, from the mash tubs to the bottling and dipping assembly line. And yes, they hand-dip each and every bottle. Be brave and dip your finger into the bubbling, fermenting mash tub; it tastes like Corn Pops.
This is a great stop for anyone who loves history, nature, bourbon or outlaws!