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Woodford Reserve Distillery

Woodford Reserve Distillery © Ken Thomas
Woodford Reserve Distillery © Ken Thomas

Besides horses, Kentucky is famous for its bourbon history. Numerous distilleries are open to the public. But the oldest still operating is the Woodford Reserve Distillery, nestled between lush horse farms in Woodford County on McCracken Pike.

Bourbon was first distilled here in 1812, when it was known as the Labrot & Graham Distillery. The site of the beautiful limestone buildings is a National Historic Landmark, restored to its original condition.

It's the only bourbon distillery still using copper pot stills, the traditional method of distillation. A visitor's centre provides displays and videos on the history of bourbon and guests can watch how bourbon is distilled in the traditional manner. The distillery offers several tours and tastings.

Address: 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles

Website: www.woodfordreserve.com

Telephone: 859 879 1812

Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10am-3pm, Sunday 1pm-3pm.

Admission: Distillery tours: $15