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Get the lay of the land, where to stay, where to eat, how far the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® reaches and how it’s best navigated. Then use our sample weekend itinerary to start planning your own weekend in Bourbon Country. We recommend you reserve your tours well in advance to ensure a premium experience.
For those who want to try their hand at mixology and put their own unique spin on classic cocktails like the Mint Julep or the Old Fashioned, your opportunity awaits in Louisville. These are just a few of the elevated mixology experiences guests can book through a Custom Tour with Mint Julep Experiences.
Dubbed “Music City,” Nashville serves as the epicenter of the country music industry and also is home to traditions of Tennessee whiskey. But there’s a ton more you can see and do in a weekend’s time, and you don’t even need to bring a guitar. Or a whiskey still. ...
Every year, there are more inventive ways to give the gift of bourbon! If you can’t find the rare bottle on your friend or family member’s wishlist, here are some ideas to get them in the holiday spirit.
You don’t have to venture outside of Louisville to find bourbon distilleries! There are now several bourbon experiences easily accessible to downtown Louisville. From small batch distillers to major brand experiences, there’s something for every bourbon lover.
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail® is a definitive tourist destination in the United States. Located throughout Kentucky, the trail is dotted with dozens of distilleries both traditional and modern. This is the Mint Julep guide to the trail.
If you’re planning to visit Louisville (or are just a local itching to get out), there is no shortage of things to do in Louisville this weekend, or any weekend, for that matter. And that’s even true if you’re just focusing on downtown. From famous cocktails to culinary delights, from history to natural beauty, Louisville’s downtown has plenty to offer.
If you’re visiting Louisville for the first time, it can seem daunting when figuring out where you should stay and what you should see, but you’ve come to the right place if you’re looking to discover the top sites in Louisville.
Nashville is home to seven distillery experiences, with more in the works as we speak. If you’re a first-time traveler to the Music City or a Nashville proud, born-and-raised resident, these distilleries offer a fun, whiskey-soaked time for those looking to explore the smooth and nuanced Tennessee Whiskey category. And these seven distilleries are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to traveling along the Tennessee Whiskey Trail®.
There are plenty of things to do in Lexington, from music festivals to museums to history and breweries. Lots of breweries. And, of course, plenty of horse farms. They don’t call it “The Horse Capital of the World” for nothing. The landscape is dotted with roughly 450 horse farms, all located within a reasonably short drive from the city. In fact, horse farm tours are to Lexington what bourbon tours are to most of the rest of Kentucky.
Mint Julep Tours has your ticket to be in the studio audience of “Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs.” They’ve just announced two dates for 2020!
Private barrel select programs — or, shall we say, buying bourbon by the barrel — typically take place inside rickhouses, set among hundreds of barrels that all contain that beautiful brown high-proof nectar we call bourbon. Most distillery tours include a peek inside a rickhouse, but can you imagine spending a few hours here, sampling through barrels with a master distiller to guide you every step of the way?
Single barrel selects, also known as barrel picks, are private experiences where a person and/or small group get to go to a distillery and choose their very own single barrel by sampling from several barrels the master distiller has selected for the group.
Barrel picks at distilleries are private experiences where a person and/or small group get to meet with the master distiller (or sometimes brand ambassador) to help select an entire bourbon or whiskey barrel that will be bottled for the group and include a special sticker or label indicating it’s part of a barrel select program.
Tennessee was a major player in the whiskey industry leading up to the turn of the 20th century and had just as much clout as Kentucky bourbon. Learn more about the history of Tennessee whiskey and how you can explore the TN Whiskey Trail for yourself today.
Learn about the places responsible for Kentucky’s renowned stature in horse racing history and how the industry has developed over the years. From Crab Orchard Derby to the famous Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, you’ll see the progression of racetracks and the fast sport out there.
The history of bourbon is as deep as its amber hue and as rich as its intricate flavors — and it serves up a shot of America’s past all centered in Kentucky. This is a guide to the history of Bourbon Country and the role of the American spirit in Kentucky and across the country. From the 1700s to present day, a timeline to Bourbon Country history.
Looking for gift ideas for mom? The best gift we know is time and shared memories, so plan a trip together! From guided tours to hands-on experiences, this is your guide.
Think outside the chocolate box this Valentine’s Day, plan an adventure for two with hands-on experiences, scenic tours, tasting flights and more!
Imagine climbing through a rick house, among hundreds of aging bourbon barrels, looking for that perfect honey barrel with a distiller. Then imagine him or her brandishing a whiskey thief to draw out the bourbon straight from the barrel and into your glass. Flecks of black char swirl in the barrel-proof juice like a snow globe. It’s a bourbon-soaked fantasy many whiskey aficionados dream about, and Mint Julep can make it a reality with their exclusive offerings.
Traveling with your partner is a great way to continue to connect and build on the relationship. Couples can get a bit stir crazy, especially during the fall and wintertime. Setting out on a drivable getaway from Louisville is just the cure, though! There are a lot of places to road trip to from Louisville, but these are Mint Julep’s top picks for a couple’s getaway from Louisville.
The Kentucky Derby compared to the Grand National— the British equivalent to the internationally famous American horse race. Learn what makes these two famous horse racing events different and similar.
A big part of every Mint Julep adventure is our passionate, spirited tour leaders. Join us as we journey down memory lane sharing their Tales from the Trail!
This represents our time capsule of the moment. One that we will look back to and remember for those heroes and their actions and the pride that represents who we are as Kentucky.
Mint Julep Experiences is leading the charge on the brunch brigade with a Sunday experience like no other. The Boozy Brunch & Bourbon Bonanza will take thirsty guests on a morning and afternoon adventure that includes a Southern-inspired brunch, Mimosas, Bloody Marys and two full bourbon distillery tours, plus samples!
Cupid’s Bourbon-Soaked Arrow: Couple returns to Kentucky for fifth Mint Julep tour on Valentine’s Day
The Irbys of Flagler Beach, Fla., are returning to Kentucky for their fifth Mint Julep Experiences tour on Valentine’s Day. They’re looking forward to more bourbon, more distilleries, more Kentucky countryside and more of their friend and Mint Julep Tour Leader Chuck Haworth.
Celebrate Repeal Day with Mint Julep Experiences by booking your next distillery tour at a discount! We’re offering $19.33 off each public bourbon tour ticket with promo code REPEALDAY2019 today only.
Deck the halls this holiday season with Louisville’s festive lineup of can’t miss holiday events! From Sip & Jingles to Underground Christmas Light shows, there are holiday festivities every weekend leading up to Christmas.
Picking the Holiday Party Date When selecting the date of your company party for the holidays, it’s important to keep in mind that the holidays in Louisville are a busy time for many people. Of course, the optimal time to host a company party is late November or early...
In honor of Veterans Day, Mint Julep Experiences is offering a “bring a vet for free” buy-one-get-one offer. For a limited time, buy a gift certificate for two bourbon tour tickets for the price of one Nov. 8-11, 2019. Tour must be taken on a weekday before March 31, 2020.
See the work of renowned Kentucky glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell at the Maker’s Mark Distillery all summer long. Mint Julep Experiences offers public tours to Maker’s Mark every Thursday through Sunday.
Spend a fun-filled day departing from northern Kentucky and visiting two top destinations – New Riff Distilling and Keeneland Race Course. This seasonal bourbon and culinary experience incorporates modern spirits making, a delicious brunch and live horse racing for an excellent day out!
Top picks for Louisville tours, festivals and events and Labor Day happenings. Venture to Bourbon Country, see a horse farm, taste craft beer and more with Mint Julep Experiences.
Hear the spooky stores of two famously haunted spaces on this new Kentucky ghost tour from Mint Julep Experiences to Buffalo Trace Distillery and Old Stone Inn.
Coming to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby in 2020? Add a bourbon distillery or horse farm tour to your Derby weekend.
Mint Julep Experiences Earns 10th Consecutive TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and Hall of Fame Recognition
Mint Julep Experiences has achieved TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame status for receiving TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 10 consecutive years.
There are so many reasons to visit Louisville in the summer! From live music to street festivals and bourbon tours, here’s our guide to things to do on a summer vacation in Kentucky.
Father’s Day Gift Ideas + 15% Off Gift Certificates for Dad! Don’t miss this limited time Mint Julep offer. Give Dad an experience this year, his closet is full of neckties and socks.
The Southern Supper Series from Mint Julep Experiences takes you on an upscale food tour of Louisville! Each progressive dinner includes three courses paired with craft cocktails.
Extend your weekend getaway to Louisville with Kentucky bourbon tours to the best distilleries on Sundays or Wednesdays with Mint Julep Experiences. Destinations include Bardstown Bourbon Company, Maker’s Mark, Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace.
Louisville, Kentucky is a great destination for spring vacations! Weekend getaways, girls trips, and Spring Break vacations in Kentucky offer plenty of things to do like annual festivals, concerts, races, parades and, of course, the Kentucky Derby.
Bourbon City Cruisers is currently hiring for driver/guide positions for our Cruiser Crew. You’ll captain one of our three-wheeled tuk tuks to ensure a safe and fun ride for each group.
Urban Adventures For Bourbon Lovers Before Hometown Rising, Bourbon & Beyond and Louder Than Life Music Festivals
Enjoy a bourbon tour before Hometown Rising, Bourbon & Beyond or Louder Than Life music festivals in Louisville, Kentucky! Urban adventures to the homes of Bulleit and Jefferson’s Reserve bourbons are available plus VIP tour packages for groups.
Give the gift of whiskey! Buy a Mint Julep Experiences gift certificate between Feb 10th and Feb 14th for 14% off.
Mint Julep Experiences will offer elevated bourbon experiences in 2019! Each incorporates private distillery experiences, premium bourbon tastings, and insider access.
Hop around the Louisville’s best restaurants on a food tour inspired by locations seen on or popular with judges and former contestants of Top Chef.
Three new Kentucky bourbon distilleries opening for tours to take in 2019 including Michter’s, Bulleit and J.W. Rutledge.
Best of Kentucky tours are back in 2019! These tours visit Bourbon Country and Horse Country for a full-day experience to Sun Valley Farm and Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Celebrate Repeal Day with Mint Julep Experiences by booking your next distillery tour at a discount! We’re offering $19.33 off each public bourbon or whiskey tour ticket with promo code REPEALDAY for one day.
Visit three Kentucky craft breweries with Mint Julep on select Sundays including Against the Grain’s production facility, Great Flood’s taproom and Monnik’s brewery for behind-the-scenes access tours and guided tasting flights.
Want to go to all the shooting locations for Top Chef: Kentucky? Here’s a list of Louisville and Lexington culinary and tourism destinations where the popular TV visited or mentioned and Kentucky food they enjoyed. Plan a tour with Mint Julep Experiences to see them all!
Travel with Mint Julep to popular Kentucky Bourbon Trail distilleries in Bourbon Country. Our tours depart every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from downtown Louisville. Destinations include Maker’s Mark, Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey. See website for itineraries.
Save big on your bourbon tour! Buy a Mint Julep Experiences gift certificate between Black Friday and Cyber Monday for 15% off. It’s a great Christmas gift for the bourbon lover in your life.
A fleet of electric-powered Bourbon City Cruisers will hit the streets of Louisville in the spring of 2019 for new city tours connecting travelers with distillery, culinary and entertainment destinations from the owners of Mint Julep Experiences.
In honor of Veterans Day, Mint Julep Experiences is offering a “bring a vet for free” buy one get one offer. For a limited time, buy a gift certificate for 2 bourbon tour tickets for the price of one Nov. 9-12, 2018. Tour must be taken on a weekday before March 31, 2019.
Have you ever been to a taping of a cooking show? You can do just that right here in Louisville. Each month, "Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs" records a new episode at Kitchen Studio in Bourbon Barrel Foods. How To Attend "Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs" Mint Julep Tours has...
Legendary race horse Justify’s new home at Ashford Stud Farm and the famous Woodford Reserve bourbon distillery are paired together on this Best of Kentucky experience with a Triple Crown twist!
There are so many things to do in Louisville this holiday season! In November and December in Kentucky’s Derby City, you can celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve in style. Fill your Louisville weekend getaway with holiday events and a bourbon tour!
After a day of family fun on Thanksgiving, extend your time together by planning a bourbon or beer tour on Black Friday in Louisville!
Find something new to entertain your office staff or friends and family this holiday season! Plan your holiday parties with Mint Julep Experiences incorporating craft spirits and beer, Kentucky landmarks, thoroughbred horse farms, and all the best of the Bluegrass State.
Fans of Triple Crown champion Justify can visit the home of the world famous race horse this November! Two of Mint Julep’s Breeders’ Cup week experiences will travel to Ashford Stud Farm, owned by Coolmore America, where the horse currently resides.
Want to experience something different during your Kentucky Bourbon Trail® vacation? Add a trip to a cooperage, where coopers make bourbon barrels, to your itinerary! Mint Julep Experiences is the only Kentucky tourism company allowed to take guests to the Brown-Forman Cooperage.
Need ideas for a Labor Day weekend getaway in Louisville? Mint Julep Experiences has several tour options available on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2. Book a ticket online and join a tour group for a Kentucky adventure!
Smoke is the theme for the next Southern Supper Series event this October! Mint Julep Experiences has added the smokin hot Louisville food tour on Thursday, Oct. 25 visiting Harvest, Volare and Fountain on Fourth.
Tour guide Charlie Robbins has a soft spot for craft distilleries in Kentucky and Tennessee. He talks about what makes a craft distillery, gives suggestions for craft bourbon and whiskey distilleries to visit, and talks about the people behind some of his top picks.
Kentucky has been all about bourbon since established just over 226 years ago. Many bourbon distilleries have come and gone. Recently, we’ve uncovered three abandoned distilleries that we thought were worth sharing: Glenn Springs Distillery, James M Stone Distillery and The Old Tub Distillery.
After winning American horse racing’s three top stakes races, Justify is the most famous race horse in the country. The 2018 Triple Crown winner took the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. Find out what he’ll do next and where in Kentucky he’ll call home.
Starting July 2018, Mint Julep Experiences will offer public bourbon tours every Sunday! Adding to our popular lineup of bourbon distillery experiences, the new tours will head south of Louisville to Maker’s Mark Distillery and Lux Row Distilling Co.
We’ve barely had a month after the 2018 Kentucky Derby and we’re already getting requests for Derby 2019! Mint Julep Experiences is happy to announce that our popular Derby Week tours will return next year. Bourbon and horse farm tours on May 1, May 2, May 3 and May 5, 2019 will be available.
Spring of 2018 brings a pair of exciting grand openings to downtown Louisville when Old Forester and Rabbit Hole new bourbon distilleries will add even more options for those pursuing the perfect pour in Kentucky.
Iconic whiskey brands Old Forester and Woodford Reserve have partnered with Mint Julep to offer a new upscale “Daily Double” elevated bourbon experience. You’ll visit Woodford Reserve Distillery and Old Forester Distilling Co. for exclusive private tours with premium tastings on this six-hour adventure.
If dad loves bourbon or whiskey, he’ll love these gift ideas from Mint Julep Experiences. From insider tours to elevated whiskey tastings, these one of a kind experiential gifts are great for any occasion including Father’s Day, Christmas and Birthdays.
From navigating complicated Kentucky back roads to planning visits well in advance, working as a Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour guide is never boring. Tour leader Phil Kollin shares what it’s like to take thousands of Kentucky tourists to bourbon distilleries every year.
No time to commit to a full day of bourbon distilleries during your Kentucky vacation? Mint Julep Experiences has added two “Urban Adventures” each Thursday from June through October for quick trips of Louisville distillery tours at Kentucky Artisan and Bulleit.
The allure of Kentucky Horse Country draws thousands of horse racing fans to our fine state each year. At Mint Julep, we can take our custom tour groups to the horse farms of their choice to experience Horse Country firsthand. It’s one of the only ways you can see your favorite Kentucky Derby winner or Breeders’ Cup champion.
More than 30 bourbon bars and restaurants make up the Urban Bourbon Trail – a collection of whiskey-loving stops in Louisville, Kentucky. Learn from Mint Julep’s blog about visiting each one, popular Louisville cocktails, and how to earn a t-shirt! Plus, a list of Louisville distilleries nearby.
After winning the Triple Crown of horse racing in 2015, American Pharoah has been spending his time in Kentucky and abroad. We tell you how to visit him on a horse farm tour plus check in on American Pharaoh foals and mares. Find out what’s next for the Kentucky Derby winner.
From modern bluegrass tracks to classic songs about whiskey, you’ll need this bourbon playlist with amazing tunes for any Kentucky Bourbon Trail voyage. Great for bachelor and bachelorette parties and boozy vacations.
Download The Kentucky Derby Guide Let’s Talk Derby! From classic mint julep cocktail recipes to must attend Derby events, this is your guide. Every year, our guests ask for tips and tricks for making...
Moonshine University is Louisville’s most delicious academic institution. Located at the Distilled Spirits Epicenter complex, Moonshine University offer a certification programs for distilled spirits education.
Just add bourbon or beer to your Memorial Day in Louisville! Mint Julep Tours has partnered with Wild Turkey, Buffalo Trace and Three Boys Farm Distillery for special a bourbon tour Sunday, May 27 and with Against the Grain, Great Flood and Monnik for a beer tour.
Traveling to Kentucky for Breeders’ Cup 2018? Find an all-inclusive experience to horse farms or bourbon distilleries during your trip with Mint Julep Tours.
This full-day public tour brings the best of both worlds with visits to a picturesque horse farm and historic bourbon distillery.
Mint Julep Tours has partnered with Jeptha Creed, Town Branch and Buffalo Trace for a special public tour Sunday, February 18. The experience includes tours and tastings at all three distilleries along with lunch and a Bloody Mar bar.
Three new distilleries making Kentucky bourbon and opening for tours to take in 2018 include Castle and Key, Lux Row in Bardstown and James E Pepper in Lexington.
Experiences make great gifts! This Valentine’s Day, find ideas for gifts for the historian, foodie, adventurer and whiskey lovers in your life from Mint Julep Tours.
Brew in the Lou from Mint Julep Tours visits craft breweries around Louisville for behind-the-scenes access and tasting flights of Kentucky’s best beers.
There are few Kentucky horses more honored or with more records then Man o’ War despite never running in America’s most famous race, The Kentucky Derby.
Bourbon lovers and history buffs will love new elevated experience Bourbon Rocks & Ruins. With behind-the-scenes access, an in-depth history tour and premium bourbon tastings, it’s a memorable outing not to be missed.
Seven unique and fun holiday gift ideas for the bourbon lover in your life including exclusive experiences, books and more from Mint Julep Tours.
We are often asked how our guests can bring their favorite Kentucky bourbons back home after their visit. Here are the current guidelines and regulations with the TSA for taking alcohol on planes.
For the bourbon lover looking for the ultimate distillery experience, Heaven & Evan goes behind the scenes at Kentucky’s best distilleries.
Explore Louisville’s rich culinary scene with Mint Julep Tours on foodie adventures to eclectic neighborhoods and top chef’s kitchens from around the city.
Have you ever been to a taping of a cooking show? You can do just that right here in Louisville. Each month, “Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs” records a new episode at Kitchen Studio in Bourbon Barrel Foods.
Mint Julep Tours guides are encouraged to become certified bourbon stewards with Stave & Thief Society, an in-depth American whiskey education program.
Plan ahead to spend Kentucky Derby Week in Louisville in 2018! Mint Julep Tours is now booking full-day tours to horse farms and bourbon distilleries.
Celebrate Louisville Craft Beer Week (Oct. 19 to 29, 2017) with two great bus tours visiting six unique local breweries including beer tasting flights.
The life and legacy of sixth-generation distiller Parker Beam will be honored Saturday, Nov. 4. "Parker's Legacy of Hope" will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Mint Julep Tours headquarters. Heaven Hill Distillery, The Bourbon Crusaders and Mint Julep Tours invite you...
Special tour digs into the excavated ruins of Col. E.H. Taylor’s late 1800s O.F.C. Distillery, nicknamed Bourbon Pompeii, on the grounds of Buffalo Trace.
Thinking about heading to Kentucky for Bourbon Month? We celebrate every September with bourbon-related events and festivals. Here are a few options to enjoy National Bourbon Heritage Month with Mint Julep Experiences: Bourbon Tours Custom Tours through Kentucky ...
After a popular first outing last month, Mint Julep Tour has added dates for the "Brew in the Lou" Louisville beer tour. Half-day brewery tour and tasting experiences are planned August through November 2017. Louisville Beer Tour Stops Go behind the scenes of...
Many people ask us what is in a mint julep, the history of the cocktial and why people drink mint juleps at the Kentucky Derby horse race each year.
The excitement for a permanent home for Angel’s Envy has been building for years. The massive facility underwent a transformation before opening Feb. 2017.
We’ve compiled a list of ten great options for bourbon enthusiasts that are guaranteed to please even the hardest to shop for.
One of Kentucky’s most iconic distilleries, Maker’s Mark, features stunning sculptures from renown artist Dale Chihuly through December 2017.
During some recent renovation at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY a discovery of an old bourbon distillery dating back to the 1800s.
Mint Julep Tours catches up with master distiller and Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Russell of Wild Turkey, bourbon’s best ambassador.
Learn how bourbon is made, how to drink bourbon, what to mix with bourbon, what master distillers do, and what to know when you shop for Kentucky bourbon
Today, new highly touted dining spots are drawing crowds to Louisville, Midway, Lexington and beyond including restaurants from Ouita Michel and Edward Lee.
Mint Julep Tours has the inside scoop and can can do all the planning for your private barrel selection at a handful of Kentucky bourbon distilleries.
Master distillers argue that the barrel has the biggest impact on bourbon’s signature flavor. Tours of cooperages, where barrels are made, are available.
Vendome headquarters and manufacturing facility is a sprawling urban set up that is surprisingly easy to miss in Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood.
George Garvin Brown is the man who is credited with revolutionizing the way Americans bought and consumed bourbon in the 1870s.
Triple Crown winning race horse American Pharoah calls Ashford Stud Farm in Kentucky home. Tours to visit him are available through Mint Julep Tours.
Mint Julep Tours guides pick the 10 best songs for your Bourbon Trail road trip taking a bit from every beloved Kentucky genre.
While you’re unlikely find rare bourbon Pappy Van Winkle sitting on the shelf at Buffalo Trace, there are plenty of ways to grab a special bottle.
Bourbon lovers can now sign up for Heaven & Evan, a unique exclusive tour and tasting experience organized by Mint Julep Tours.
Mint Julep Tours is excited to announce it will be moving its offices and vehicle garage to a new larger property located at 1631 Mellwood Ave.
Whether you're a hometown tourist or experiencing Louisville for the first time, there's so much to learn and so many places to see in Louisville. Guests on our new Louisville sightseeing tours will explore the Derby City's history and future. Each half-day, four-hour...
Your all-inclusive ticket to Bourbon Country just got better! Mint Julep Tours has expanded options for full-day public bourbon tours on Fridays and Saturdays. Public Bourbon Tours Starting July 21, additional routes are open to explore the Bourbon Country with Mint...
At the end of the 19th century, Kentucky’s Nelson County was the undisputed bourbon capital of the world. No other region even came close. By 1896, roughly 26 distilleries spread throughout the county were actively distilling, aging, bottling and distributing whiskey...