There’s no distillery tour here per se, but the Bourbon Heritage Center at Heaven Hill features an amazingly well-edited history (read: short, sweet, and interesting) of the industry, with interactive exhibits and a tasting room shaped like the inside of a barrel.
Tour highlight: The interactive barrel display. Cross-sections of three barrels demonstrate the color and volume at each stage (from clear and full when first poured in the barrel to caramel and more than half-empty when it’s ready to come out). With the press of a button, a mist wafts through a gramophone-like tube allowing you to smell the difference aging makes.
Signature brands: Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Henry McKenna, Old Fitzgerald
Where to find them: Bourbon Heritage Center, 1311 Gilkey Run Road, Bardstown; (502) 337-1000