Legendary race horse Justify’s new home at Ashford Stud Farm and the famous Woodford Reserve bourbon distillery are paired together on this awesome experience with a Triple Crown twist! Don’t miss Mint Julep’s next Best of Kentucky tour. Our next experience is Friday, Nov. 30 from 1:00 to 6:30PM.
Best of Kentucky Tour
Meet your tour group at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville. That’s where your Mint Julep guide will begin your bourbon and horses adventure. You’ll travel into Horse Country, east of the city, in a luxury bus with up to 23 other guests.
Ashford Stud Farm
The first stop is Ashford Stud Farm, a beautiful and expansive facility owned by Coolmore America. Justify isn’t the only impressive stallion living at Ashford Stud. You may also see Fusaichi Pegasus, Uncle Mo, or Mendelssohn. Fellow Triple Crown winner American Pharoah spends the season in Australia, so he won’t be on site for this tour but likely back in January. You’ll get to walk around a few parts of the stud facility and see a couple top thoroughbreds to take photos.
Note: For the health and safety of the horses, no particular horse viewing is guaranteed.
Woodford Reserve Distillery
Next up, you’ll get back on the bus and venture a few miles down the road to Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles. This historic venue was once the Old Oscar Pepper Distillery in the mid-19th century. Then, it was Labrot and Graham Distillery from the 1870s to 1941. For more than 20 years, Woodford Reserve has created bourbon and whiskey as part of the Brown-Forman spirits family. The current master distiller is Chris Morris.
Your Woodford Reserve tour includes a walk around the property, seeing vasts of mash, the iconic Scottish-style copper pot stills, and a working barrel warehouse. You’ll end with a tasting of Woodford Reserve products. The whiskey tasting usually includes Distillers’ Select, Rye, Double Oaked and/or other limited bourbon expressions.
The tour bus will depart Woodford Reserve and head back to Louisville to drop you off around 6:30 p.m. You’ll have plenty of time to explore Louisville’s best restaurants and bars including stops on the Urban Bourbon Trail® on your own!
Triple Crown Experience Includes
- Transportation with an expert guide
- Horse farm tour at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud Farm
- Distillery tour and tasting at Woodford Reserve
- Bottled water
About the Author – Rachel Nix
Rachel Nix has been Director of Marketing at Mint Julep since 2017. Her extensive bourbon education includes becoming an Executive Bourbon Steward through the Stave & Thief Society and graduating from Woodford Reserve’s Bourbon Academy. She is a Certified Tourism Ambassador and enthusiastic advocate for her adopted hometown of Louisville. When she’s not promoting Mint Julep’s portfolio of southern experiences, she can be found walking her dog or enjoying a drink on a Germantown patio.