The Maker’s Mark distillery is exactly what you hope a bourbon distillery will look like: a large black barn with cherry red shutters, the old homestead (now a visitors center) tucked beneath shade trees, landscaped paths, and a trickling stream named Whisky Creek.
Tour highlight: Learning how to smell bourbon: Stick your nose in the glass, open your mouth, and inhale. By breathing through your mouth, you smell the vanilla and caramel without getting a noseful of alcohol fumes.
Signature brand: Maker’s Mark
Where to find them: 3350 Burks Spring Road, Loretto; (270) 865-2099