I started my bucket list about 5 years ago with 100 things that I wanted to see, do, and experience in my life. Creating the list took lots of help and advice from friends and family, but one thing I knew I wanted to experience from the start was exploring the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
Your probably thinking, man she must love bourbon. Wrong! I do enjoy bourbon on occasion, but it isn’t normally my drink of choice. So why then was this so high on my bucket list? It all has to do with the history of the industry …
History of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Right before the turn of the 21st century, the formal Kentucky Bourbon Trail was started. This brought together the major bourbon distilleries in Kentucky, including Jim Beam, Four Roses, and Maker’s Mark. This core group located across the state of Kentucky banded together to jointly promote the industry.
As time went on, additional members were added to the trail, including smaller craft distilleries throughout the state. Today their are over 35 distilleries on the trail. The trail is every evolving, but one thing is for sure. The trail brings together competing companies and together they weave the rich history of bourbon in the state of Kentucky.
Mixed between the mountains, the Bourbon Trail takes you through winding country roads past beautiful pastors and farms. With so many distilleries to choose from on the trail, I wanted to highlight just one – the Jim Beam Stillhouse. Set amongst beautiful rolling hills, the distillery offers tours and tastings of it’s Bourbon.
The tour takes you through the history of the distillery that started in the 18th century. It lets you explore what makes the Jim Beam bourbon so special and lets you sample some of the bourbon produced. After the tour, we enjoyed hanging out at the grounds amongst the beautiful fall foliage.