It’s not uncommon for brides to ask us industry folks for ideas to entertain their out of town guests while visiting Louisville. Recently our Sales team and some of our front desk staff had the privilege of experiencing firsthand what it’s like to spend the day with Mint Julep Tours and let me tell you— we had a blast! We learned so much about Bourbon, horses, and Kentucky and had a great time while we did! I just had to share a bit of our trip with you.
Mint Julep Tours collected our group directly from the hotel in their very snazzy & comfortable bus. We were even allowed to bring snacks! While we traveled to our first distillery we got our first bit of bourbon trivia. We learned the basics about what makes bourbon different than other whiskeys and even how it got its name. Our tour guides Chasta and Michelle also shared information on how different bourbon brands differ by ingredients and therefore flavors.
When we arrived at Buffalo Trace we were welcomed by this handsome guy:
We then embarked on the “Bourbon Barrel Tour” where we followed the path that each barrel takes. Our guide, Fred, was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions- even the silly ones!
We were even able to view Blanton’s being hand-bottled!
We rounded out our tour with a tasting. We tasted a few different bourbons and were also allowed to taste the one and only Bourbon and Cream. Tasty on its own, but after adding a little Buffalo Trace root beer it tasted just like an adult Root Beer Float. Yum-o!
From Buffalo Trace we traveled to picturesque and historic Midway for lunch at the Grey Goose. We had some of their famous pizzas and rested up for our next two stops!
After lunch we headed to Four Roses. The Spanish mission architecture was unexpected yet very beautiful. I’m a sucker for a great love story so I really enjoyed learning the history of how the name Four Roses came to be. For those of you who don’t already know the legend you will have to go yourself to hear it- no spoiler alert here! Before leaving we were able to meet with Master Distiller Jim Rutledge. He even signed a few bottles and took a photo with us!
The final stop on our tour was Wild Turkey. We were greeted at the newly renovated welcome center by none other than Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller of Wild Turkey who has been with the company for over 50 years! We tasted before heading to the new distillery. We learned more about the distilling process and how their process and recipe differs from the other locations we visited that day.
I could go on and on about what a fun and educational experience our trip was, but I recommend trying it out for yourself. What a perfect way to celebrate your engagement, bachelorette party, or to entertain your guests on their first trip to Kentucky!
Reach out to Mint Julep Tours to have them help you customize a tour that will be perfect for your group, no matter the size!
Cheers to our Bourbon Heritage!
Debbie & Your Brown Hotel Wedding Team