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Visitor's Guide: Louisville

Maker's Mark

Distillery Tour & More
  • Neighborhood: Bourbon Country
  • Category: Attractions & Landmarks
  • Accessible for persons with disabilities: yes


The Maker's Mark Distillery Tour is touted as one of the best even by some of its fiercest competitors, noted for a laundry list of qualities that set it apart. Maker's makes one product and one product only, unlike other distilleries that sometimes produce whole ranges of different bourbons. This focus lends an unparalleled quality to their bourbon, and makes for a distillery tour that goes down easy -- with a smooth finish. Furthermore, Maker's Mark is a family-style operation in many ways. The distillery grounds are beautiful but modest in scale, and are staffed by a small but extremely dedicated workforce. The tour itself is a thing of beauty in and of itself. Visitors are invited to see firsthand each and every step in the distilling process, from cooking and fermentation to aging and bottling. Charming and informative tour guides explain the intricacies of the processes and act as very human windows into the one-of-a-kind culture that is the Maker's Mark family. At tour's end, it's time to taste! Here, visitors are treated to an opportunity to sample the finished Maker's Mark product right alongside the unfinished bourbon-eligible distilled spirit (or BEDS), essentially the unaged moonshine that eventually becomes whiskey. Finally, the gift shop has its own wax station, where any citizen can strap on some gloves and goggles and dip their own bottle of Maker's into a vat of the company's signature bright-red sealing wax. Never in the history of civilization has there been a better tour souvenir.

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