Life's Sweet Journey: Our Maker's Mark Distillery Tour || #TravelTuesday 23

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Our Maker's Mark Distillery Tour || #TravelTuesday 23

Happy Tuesday Adventurers!! 
It's the 2nd Tuesday of the month, which means it's time for another #TravelTuesday link up! Been adventuring anywhere lately? Explored somewhere new in the place you call home?! Join in at the bottom of this post! This month we are sharing one of our first adventures on the road, as well as our first installment of Road Talk Tuesday over on YouTube! Last week we headed to Maker's Mark Distillery and it was everything a Kentucky pit stop should be... 


The Maker's Mark Distillery Tour is Totally Worth It

While you can visit the Maker's Mark Distillery without paying, you only get access to explore the outside grounds and visit the gift shop (where you can dip your own bottle!). The tour itself costs $12 and is worth EVERY. SINGLE. PENNY!

The distillery tour takes about an hour and a half and is led by a very knowledgeable guide. You go through the whole process, get to taste mid-fermentation, explore the barrel rooms and cellars, learn the history of Maker's Mark, and then end with a tasting of the finished product. We learned some very fun facts about the distilling process and how Maker's Mark makes themselves unique from other distilleries. Did you know they only bottle by taste, not by time?! They move their barrels from the top down, as they age, because the barrel warehouse is not climate controlled, but shifting the barrels means they are at a different temperature depending on how high up they are. Once the barrels make it from the top shelf, down to the bottom, they are only bottled once the taste-tasters feel that the flavor profile is just right (wouldn't you like the job?!). The whole process can take anywhere from 3-6 years! 


Maker's Mark Distillery Tour for your Kentucky Bucket List
Maker's Mark Distillery Tour for your Kentucky Bucket List
Maker's Mark Distillery Tour || Kentucky Bucket List
Maker's Mark Distillery Tour for your Kentucky Bucket List

The On-Site Cafe is Delicious 

Following our tour we headed over to Star Hill Provisions, the cafe on the grounds, and split a BBQ sandwich. SO GOOD!! I would definitely recommend planning to have lunch at Maker's Mark, either before or after your scheduled tour. The sandwich was plenty filling for two, if you get a bag of chips to go with it! The beer cheese spread that was mixed in with the pork; heavenly! 

We Would Go Back in a Heartbeat

Maker's Mark Distillery was such a neat experience, and there was so much to take in, that we would go back again- and again!! The staff was friendly, the grounds stunning, and the tour was so fun! I spent most of my time taking things in, while Babe was hanging on every word of the facts and distilling process. If you ever head through Kentucky you definitely need to save time for a tour of Maker's Mark! 
*Thank you to Maker's Mark for hosting us on the tour! All thoughts and opinions are entirely our own! 

We did a lot more exploring while in Kentucky and can't wait to share all the fun! 
What kind of exploring has happened in your world lately?! 
Join below for this month's travel blogger link up and let's travel travel!
A Travel Blogger Link Up from Life's Sweet Words
~On the 2nd Tuesday of every month I will be sharing a new travel post and would love to see where you have been exploring!
~Any linked posts will be pinned under Travel Tuesday on my Pinterest account. 
~Please leave a little love on the post directly before yours and then anywhere else you like! That way we can all grow this community together :) 
~Not many other rules, as I am not a huge fan of those sorts of things! Just add any travel related link and I encourage you to peek around and see where everyone else has been. 
~Feel free to grab the image from the sidebar and add it to your post so others know where to link up.
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~I will also be featuring my favorite post from the month before and sharing across social media. This post from Away She Went, about her time in Edinburg, Scotland has me wanting to explore beautiful old cathedrals ASAP! 



28 comments:

  1. That looked like a fun tour ... Love the pictures. Very charming property.

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    1. It really was fun! And yes, I had not expected the property to be so cute!!

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  2. I've been talking to my husband about planning an adult vacation to travel the bourbon trail this summer. We would definitely make sure to stop by Maker's Mark.

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    1. YES!! It would be the best adult vaca!! Have a great time :)

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  3. I have never been but I know friends who have hand dipped there! Sounds like so much fun

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  4. I would love to take that tour! We went on a distillery tour when we were in Scotland and it was so interesting to learn about the whole process. I'll have to put this on my list!

    Thanks for featuring my Edinburgh post!

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    1. Right?! It's so neat to learn about the distilling process! I'm not even a huge whiskey drinker and the whole thing just fascinates me!

      And of course! It was a great post :)

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  5. Ahhh I am dying to visit the distillery! It is on our list and looks so fun!

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  6. Looks like fun, thanks for the tips!

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  7. Looks like it was a great tour. I have been on a few distillery tours.
    I recently was in Como, Italy and discovered one of my new favorite restaurants. https://www.luxuriouslifestyles.co/breeze-inn-restaurant-como-italy-luxuriouslifestyles-co


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    1. They are so fun, aren't they?! And I love discovering ew restaurant!! Discovering one in Italy?! Even better!!

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  8. I love Makers Mark - yum! I need to get to Kentucky! Thanks for hosting the link up!

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    1. Yes, you do! I had never thought too much about Kentucky, but it really surprised me! We loved it!!

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  9. I love Maker's Mark, this was so cool! Great pictures, I want to go now.

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    1. You would love it!! Hope you get to make a stop in sometime!!

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  10. We don't drink but would still enjoy taking a tour of Makers Mark. Like the history and learning more about the process.

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    1. Yes, I'm not a huge drinker myself and especially not the hard stuff, but I love learning the history of it all just the same :)

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  11. Oh my gosh, this would be such a fun date idea! I've never toured a distillery (or a vineyard!), but it's on my bucket list for sure!

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    1. Ahh, yes! I love going to vineyard with people who have never been before. It makes the experience even more fun!

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  12. Looks like y'all had a blast always. We love tours above just about every thing else. So much to learn in this big ole world of ours!

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  13. My husband would love to do this tour. He is from Kentucky so there is a pretty good chance we will be able to check this off his bucketlist one day soon!

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  14. I'm a huge fan of brewery and vineyard tours but I clearly have been missing out on the distillery tours! That place looks awesome! P.s. I love your idea of Travel Tuesday! I want to start getting into the habit of posting more "adventure diary" posts for the smaller weekend activities! I'd be glad to participate once I get those rolling!

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  15. My parents used to live in Kentucky so I've visited all the distilleries on the Bourbon Trail! Such a fun experience .. I think Buffalo Trace was my favorite.
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