Barrel To Bottle
We will leave Shaker Village at 8:15 a.m. as we journey first through historic Harrodsburg, which was settled in 1774 and is the oldest permanent white settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains. Our drive will then take us through Perryville, the site of the largest Civil War battle on Kentucky soil in 1862 and home of the historic Perryville Battlefield State Park.
We then have a scenic drive to Lebanon, where we will stop at the Independent Stave Company/Kentucky Cooperage for our tour of one of the largest bourbon barrel makers in the world. You will see the barrels assembled, charred and readied to age that wonderful bourbon for several years. This tour lasts about one hour and there is no photography or open toe shoes allowed since we will be taking a close look inside the manufacturing area.
We then have a quick stop at Limestone Branch Distiller, which is on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Craft Tour. We will have time for a taste of their Gold medal winning "Sugar Shine" moonshine, featuring apple cinnamon, pumpkin pie and "Moonpie" flavors, and shopping in their gift shop.
We then head to Marker's Mark Distillery, a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, in Loretto. This distillery, originally opened in 1889 as the Burkes Distillery, is on the National Registry of Historic Places and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. It was purchased in 1953 by T. William Samuels, a fourth generation distiller and Maker's Mark bourbon was born. You will have about 2 hours for a tour, tasting, lunch at the historic and scenic location. You can even dip a bottle in the famous red wax in the gift shop if you like.
The last stop of the day will be in Danville at the Wilderness Trail Distillery which is on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Craft Tour. With over 20 years of experience as fermentation experts working with over 150 distilleries around the world, the owners opened this craft distillery in 2003 and are producing award winning vodka, rum made with Kentucky molasses sorghum, rye whiskey and bourbon. After our visit, we will return to Harrodsburg, arriving in time for dinner around 4:45 p.m.