A Trip to the Maker’s Mark Distillery

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Last week, Sophia, my fellow Chew on That blogger, wrote about Maker’s Mark Bourbon.  Little did she know that last summer, I actually visited the Distillery in Kentucky!  Follow me to take a little tour of this fun tourist spot.

You might think that a major distillery like this is situated in a major urban metropolis.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  The Maker’s Mark Distillery is located amongst the serene rolling hills and streams of Loretto, KY.  The distillery itself was charming, like an old farm.  It had an old-timey firehouse with an antique fire engine, and there was even a stream called “Whiskey Creek.”

My friends and I started off by taking a brief tour of the distillery and learning how Maker’s Mark was made.  Here’s a photo of the sour mash fermenting in the fermenting room:

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We then made our way over to the gift shop and tasting area, where we were given 2 free samples of whiskey.  One was of the unfinished grain whiskey (I don’t know if that’s the correct term) and the other was of the finished product.  I’m not a fan of whiskey, so I had a small sip of each and let my friends finish them!  Here we are at the tasting bar:

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Finally, we went to the area of the gift shop where you could pay to dip your own bottle into the famous red wax that is used to seal each and every bottle.  Two of my friends decided to do this.  As you can see, you have to wear lots of protective gear to handle the wax-dipped bottles.  The end result was beautiful!

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Dipping a bottle is a unique experience that you can’t find anywhere else.  Even though I’m not a whiskey kinda gal, I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent at the Maker’s Mark Distillery.  It was fun, the grounds were beautiful, we got a free tour and free samples, and it was a very “Kentucky” thing to do.

For more information about touring the distillery, click here.

While you’re at it, why not try these bourbon-based recipes?
Bourbon Chicken
Bourbon Marinated Steak
Bourbon Hot Dogs
Bourbon Baked Beans
Bourbon Pecan Bread

Read Sophia’s article to learn even more about Maker’s Mark!

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