Bardstown Bourbon Company has opened for tours for the first time, offering guests a range of experiences from cocktail classes to rare bourbon tastings.
It’s surprising to some that this is the first time they’ve offered a peek behind the scenes – after all, their restaurant Bottle and Bond has been serving up rare and vintage pours and delicious food for over a year. Guests who’ve stopped for a drink may feel like they’ve already been to Bardstown Bourbon Company, but their new Visitor Center Experience offers the chance explore the distillery that’s making more mash bills than anyone else in the game – and to try a few of those along the way.
The distillery is offering a variety of experiences, each with its own level of intensity. For those wanting to see it all, we suggest “The Main Event,” a one hour, $20 option that offers guests a distillery tour, a bourbon tasting in a classroom setting, and a unique straight from the barrel pour in a rick house.
For those short on time, try “The Exclusive, Limited Edition Tasting,” where in less than 15 minutes, one of BBCo’s Executive Bourbon Stewards will walk you through three rare pours found only at the distillery.
And for those looking for something a little different, you’ll want to try “Shaken and Stirred,” a curated cocktail class led by a spirits specialist who will show you how to craft two classic whiskey drinks.
“The team here has created an entirely unique guest experience,” says Bardstown Bourbon Company CEO Mark Erwin. “Our Visitors Experience reflects our core values of collaboration, innovation and transparency. We have crafted incredible tours that engage our visitors and celebrate the art and science of whiskey creation.”
“The opening of our Visitors Experience is the seminal moment in the history of Bardstown Bourbon Company. It is our opportunity to share our modern approach and to connect with our guests,” says Dan Callaway, Director of bourbon education, visitors experience, and product development. “We are so very proud of our hard work and of what we have created, but at the end of the day, we want to just have fun with whiskey.”
Bardstown Bourbon Company’s new tours come on the heels of an expansion in distribution that will bring their bourbons to fans in not only their home state of Kentucky, but also California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Tennessee.