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1224 Bonds Mill Road, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
  • Although bourbon is definitely not my drink of choice, I am always interested in the history of the areas I am visiting, so we decided to go to one of the most famous ones
  • After we parked, the first thing I noticed was that all of the buildings are styled in Spanish Mission architecture, much like you would see in New Mexico, not in Kentucky

    • by Jessie Bahrey
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      On a trip to Lexington, Kentucky, all the visitor’s brochures and locals we met told us we absolutely had to go on the ‘Kentucky Bourbon Trail,’ which we found out was a tour of the bourbon distilleries in the area; in fact, nearly all of the bourbon in the country is located in Kentucky. Although bourbon is definitely not my drink of choice, I am always interested in the history of the areas I am visiting, so we decided to go to one of the most famous ones.

      We were given directions to the distillery by the staff at our hotel in Lexington, and we drove for less than 20 minutes to the city of Lawrenceburg. After we parked, the


      first thing I noticed was that all of the buildings are styled in Spanish Mission architecture, much like you would see in New Mexico, not in Kentucky. It is a very impressive compound, and I was excited to go inside. There is even a view of the Salt River, which runs near the distillery. We had been told that the tours began every hour all day, so we were very close to the appointed time. At the front entrance, we were shocked to find out that the tour was completely free. Because it was not summer, we were one of the few people there, but our tour guide was ready to go. A brochure we picked up told us a ...

      • bit about the distillery: It was built in 1910, and was bought by Seagram’s in 1943. The brand became very popular in Europe and almost disappeared from the American market until 2002, when its new owners, Kirin Brewery, re-introduced it to the US. Our guide took us through the process of distilling the bourbon, and told us that there are 10 recipes of bourbon, and we were able to see the huge barrels of yeast and watch the workers carefully added ingredients, and then it is all mixed, and finally it is stored to age for various amounts of time-sometimes years. After we went through the entire distillery, we were given a half ounce glass of Four Roses Distillery, which
        was smooth, and even I liked it, and I generally do not like bourbon. Throughout the tour, there are many photographs of the distillery throughout the years, and our guide answered all of our questions very thoroughly. There is also a gift shop which sells many souvenirs.

        After the hour long tour, we were able to wander around the grounds, with a view of the river and the unique style of buildings. A trip to Four Roses Distillery is a great way to learn about some of the history of Kentucky, as well as learn about the industry that is very important to this area.

        The distillery is open Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm, with tours every hour, and the last tour at 3pm. They are closed on Sundays.




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