Celebrate Brown Friday with a Mint Julep Tours Gift Certificate!

Celebrate Brown Friday with a Mint Julep Tours Gift Certificate!

Mint Julep Tours Gift Certificates

We’re putting our own bourbon spin on Black Friday with a special Brown Friday deal! On November 25th, with every Mint Julep Tours Gift Certificate purchased, we’re giving an extra 10% towards the value of your purchase! There are no promotional codes or coupons, once purchased we will update your gift certificate with an additional 10%.

Mint Julep Tours Gift certificates are ideal for the holidays, birthdays, or any special occasion. They can be purchased in any amount and are good towards Public Bourbon Tours, Exclusive Experiences, or any Custom Tour you can dream up!

You can purchase Gift Certificates online by clicking below!

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Mint Julep Tours Gift CertificatesPublic Bourbon Distillery Tours

Learn the art, history, and craftsmanship of “America’s Native Spirit” as you travel through Bourbon Country visiting two historic bourbon distilleries for guided tours and tastings with a third stop for a tasting only!  We’ll also stop for a local lunch along the way. Tour departure times vary, prices ranges from $119 – $139 per person. Click below for more information.
Public Bourbon Tours


Mint Julep Tours Gift CertificatesCustom Tours
Whether it’s a Corporate Outing, Bachelor/Bachelorette Party, Special Occasion, or VIP Transportation; you’ll work one-on-one with one of our Bourbon Country Tour Experts who will help you create a personalized itinerary that allows you to depart and travel privately with your guests. Mint Julep Tours enriches the experience with knowledgeable drivers, enthusiastic guides, and clean and comfortable vehicles. Click below for more information.
The Fun Starts Here!


Mint Julep Tours Gift CertificatesExclusive Experiences
Mint Julep offers some incredible Exclusive Experiences that you won’t find anywhere else! Whether it’s the Heaven & Evan Tour where guests receive tastings with Master Distiller’s as they pull straight from the barrel.  If culinary is your passion, then Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs is a must. This exciting opportunity let’s you be a part of the live studio audience for the taping of WAVE 3’s “Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs.” Click below for more information on these experiences and more!
Exclusive Experiences

Give the gift of a Mint Julep Tour! Whether you’re traveling with us through Bourbon Country, or joining us for an Exclusive Experience; each tour we offer is created by our inspiration and commitment to sharing Kentucky traditions. We have a love and passion for Kentucky that we are excited to share!

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Booking the Perfect Custom Adventure with Mint Julep Tours – We Do It All Y’all!

Booking the Perfect Custom Adventure with Mint Julep Tours – We Do It All Y’all!

A Mint Julep Tours group visits Maker's Mark distillery where they dipped their own bourbon bottlesRecently, a guest suggested that our buses could benefit from a giant sign that reads: “We Do It All Y’All!” And while we prefer to keep our buses just the way they are, the passenger made a good point. When you spot a Mint Julep Tours bus crisscrossing the state, you may not realize that those onboard are often guests who have embarked on a made-to-order adventure. Did you know that Mint Julep Tours offers custom tours every day of the week and nearly every single day of the year? And that all of our custom tours are as unique as different batches of a tasty single-barrel bourbon? Maybe you’re interested in experiencing a bourbon tasting in the middle of a dimly-lit warehouse surrounded by thousands of barrels. Or perhaps a day that involves braving the zip lines at Louisville’s Mega Cavern and then traveling south to the Maker’s Mark distillery to tour, taste and dip a bottle in that signature red wax is more your speed. Or you might prefer an outing that combines a visit to a beautiful Kentucky thoroughbred horse farm, a leisurely upscale lunch in the town of Midway and then a stop to shop at the famed Zappos Shoe Outlet. In short, if you can imagine a specific, custom touring experience in Kentucky, Mint Julep Tours can make it happen! We are proud to be one of the top full service destination management companies in Kentucky. And the fun all begins with a phone call.

Midway was home to Kentucky's first railroadMany of the calls to Mint Julep Tours start out the same way. An excited voice on the other end of the line makes an enthusiastic yet cautious and curious declaration: “I want do the Bourbon Trail!” Each and every custom tour booking starts with a detailed conversation with one of our coordinators. Many first-time visitors to the area have endless questions based on bits of information they’ve read, a detailed inspection of our Trip Advisor reviews or second-hand stories from friends who have taken similar treks to The Kentucky Bourbon Trail ® , Horse Farms, Louisville and beyond. Our staff’s first priority is to fill in those knowledge gaps and better understand the precise type of outing our guests want to experience. From bachelor/bachelorette parties to corporate outings and everything in between, Mint Julep Tours can accommodate groups of all sizes by creating a tour with the right itinerary, length, style and tone.

Photo of a Mint Julep Tours bus at a distilleryOne common pitfall among visitors is learning the hard way that Kentucky’s geography and state routes can be a touch confusing (just ask anyone who has attempted to travel to Loretto, KY without a quality map), and the perceived distances between major distilleries are sometimes much greater than anticipated. When you book a custom tour with Mint Julep Tours, we make sure that you don’t end up spending more time in the bus than you do at the distilleries. We also work to ensure that your planned stops are the best fit for your crew. With nearly two dozen top-notch bourbon distilleries scattered throughout the state, it can be a daunting process to choose the best options for you. Those who have a soft spot in their heart for Booker’s bourbon may be surprised to learn that the product is distilled at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse. Or maybe you want to up your dinner game and enjoy a private dinner in the Stone Room at Captain’s Quarters located smack dab on the Ohio River. We can even set up private bourbon tastings for groups ranging in size from 5 to 500! But custom tours with Mint Julep Tours are so much more than just bourbon.

Over the last eight years, our buses have logged more miles on Kentucky interstates, highways and back roads than we can count. We’ve created experiences for guests at the iconic Keeneland Racecourse just outside of Lexington, sessions at The Knob Creek Gun Range and scheduled visits to both the Independent Stave Cooperage in Lebanon, KY and the Brown-Forman Cooperage next door to the Louisville International Airport. Kentucky is home to everything from Mammoth Cave to the National Corvette Museum to Abe Lincoln’s Childhood Home – all places you can visit on a Mint Julep Tours excursion as part of a custom tour.

Statue at Falls of the OhioIn 2015, Louisville was named among the “Friendliest Cities in America” by Travel + Leisure Magazine and we’ve helped guests experience that first hand. We’ve booked reservations at iconic Churchill Down’s Turf Club and set up tours at new attractions making waves like brandy distillery Copper & Kings. Mint Julep Tours can take you to the Falls of The Ohio State Park, Schimpff’s Confectionery, Bourbon Barrel Foods or we can even take you bowling at Vernon Lanes! If you want to go even further off the beaten path, we’ve set up Segway Races (complete with obstacle course, of course) and scavenger hunts that will have your group scurrying madly across town. Our staff can suggest the perfect restaurants and hotel as well as book reservations when needed. If you’re more interested in exploring some of the best Louisville has to offer, you’ll be hard pressed to find a staff that knows Derby City better.

A custom adventure with Mint Julep Tours is so much more than just bus a ride around Kentucky. Combine the strength of a custom tour with our professional, knowledgeable and award-winning Mint Julep Tours guides and drivers, and you’ve got the recipe for one amazing day…or maybe more! We may book tours, but we specialize in creating custom experiences and one-of-a-kind memories. And that’s why we believe “the purpose of fun is to have some.” Want to get started? The fun starts with a phone call to Mint Julep Tours today.

As one of Kentucky’s top destination management company, Mint Julep Tours can create an itinerary for the perfect custom. Call 502-583-1433 or visit us online today to begin planning your adventure.

Mint Julep Tours Announces Office Relocation, Expansion

Mint Julep Tours Announces Office Relocation, Expansion

Louisville, Kentucky – Mint Julep Tours, a local business that is a recognized leader in tours, transportation, and special events throughout Kentucky, is excited to announce it will be moving its offices and vehicle garage to a new larger property located at 1631 Mellwood Ave. Eyedia, a local furniture and home décor consignment store previously occupied the space. In addition to the 7,000 square ft. building, Mint Julep Tours will also be constructing a new garage on the property to house it’s rapidly expanding fleet of buses and vehicles.

According to Mint Julep Tours co-founder and owner, Sean Higgins, the move was necessary due to the significant growth the company has seen since its inception. “As the bourbon and tourism industries in Kentucky have grown, so have we. It was time that we made a move that allowed us to continue to expand and grow. We’re extremely excited about this new space and can’t wait for the opportunities that will come along with it.”

The new location sits near the intersection of Mellwood and Frankfort Ave., right off the I-64 exit ramp and directly across from Apocalypse Brewery. Higgins said the new location is exactly what they were looking for. “We’re thrilled to have been able to find a location that both serves our needs as a business and also keeps us close to the downtown core. There is so much going on in that area and along Frankfort Ave., which makes this move all that much more exciting.”

Map to Mint Julep Tours OfficeMint Julep Tours was able to secure a Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corp., (METCO) loan to assist in the expansion costs. These loans are focused on small businesses in the Louisville economy that are looking to expand and grow their business. WorK Architecture + Design is the lead design firm that will handle the project. The new space is projected to be complete by Spring-2016.

Tours will continue to depart from the MJT Gift Shop, located in the Galt House Hotel (Rivue Tower), 140 N. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky 40202.

Mint Julep Tours is a recognized leader in Bourbon and Kentucky adventures as well as the only dedicated tour company focused on The Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.  Based in Louisville, Kentucky they offer Custom and Public Bourbon Distillery Tours as well as unique Exclusive Experiences, Horse Farm Tours, Culinary Tours, and Louisville City Tours. As a truly one-of-a-kind tour company, Mint Julep Tours also offers transportation and event planning services with a focus on Special Events, Corporate Outings and Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties. Specialty horse and bourbon-related gifts are available at the Mint Julep Tours retail store inside the Galt House on the third floor of the Rivue Tower at 140 North 4th Street Suite 326, Louisville, KY 40202.

For more information: visit www.mintjuleptours.com, call 502-583-1433, or email info@mintjuleptours.com

Top Ten Reasons To Hit The Kentucky Bourbon Trail

For those who haven’t yet visited, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a truly unique experience that will leave you with a new appreciation for Kentucky Bourbon.  Whether you’re a whiskey enthusiast or need a little extra motivation to get the barrel rolling, we’ve compiled a list of ten great reasons why you should book your trip today.

10.   After completing all stops on the trail you get a SWEET t-shirt.  Almost every time I wear mine, someone asks me where he or she can buy one… they aren’t for sale, you’ve got to earn it.

9.   Seeing rural Kentucky.  Some of the distilleries are located off the main road, which allows for some exploring of the beautiful Kentucky countryside. You’ll pass through miles of pastures filled with horses, fields of corn, tobacco, soy, and sorghum.

8.   Miles of fencing that surround thoroughbred horse farms.  While some might not think of fences as anything worth noting, in Kentucky we use a traditional four rail wooden fence to keep our horses from danger. These fences cost around $18/foot and there is one farm near Versailles that has over 55 miles of fence!  You’ve got to see it to believe it.

7.   Buy or sample products that are only available at the distillery.   Maker’s Mark barrel strength (Makers Mark), William Heaven Hill, Elijah Craig 12yr. barrel strength, Evan Williams 23yr. (Heaven Hill), Bourbon Ball Crème Liqueur (Barton 1792), Wheatley Vodka (Buffalo Trace), Four Roses Single Barrel at barrel strength (Four Roses), Jim Beam Stillhouse limited edition (Beam).  There are products you won’t find on the shelf at your local liquor store.

6.   The opportunity for totally unique experiences such as a tastings straight from the barrel, pouring ingredients into the next batch and possibly even meeting a master distiller.

5.   See the bourbon distillation process up close and personal.   Take a distillery tour and see how our distillers turn grain, limestone branch water, and yeast into Bourbon.  Dip your fingers into a 10,000-gallon vat of distiller’s beer and smell the fermentation but don’t get too close.   A guest once leaned way in for a photo and dropped her iPhone in the tub.  Oops!

4.   Learn the fascinating history of Kentucky bourbon and explore bourbon’s farmer/distiller origins. Find out why Kentucky became the state that produces 95% of the world’s bourbon and how the industry continues to grow.

3.   Explore a bourbon warehouse.  The angle’s share (evaporation) from over 50,000 barrels in a single building is something to experience.  Hint:  It smells like freedom!!

2.   There are about 4.5 million residents in Kentucky and over 5 million barrels aging in warehouses. Those are good odds and there’s always enough bourbon to go around.

1. Because it’s fun, and as we say… the purpose of fun is to have some, so come join us!

A Mint Julep Tours Guide’s Perspective

Trying something new here this week on the blog that we think will be pretty fun.  We asked one of our awesome tour guides here at Mint Julep Tours if he would share with us what he loves about his job, some of his favorite experiences and provide a unique perspective on what it is that truly sets Mint Julep Tours apart.

What I love about being a Mint Julep Tours guide

As a tour guide with Mint Julep Tours, I lead groups through Bourbon Country and visit stops along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.  I keep our guests entertained with facts and stories about Kentucky history, horses, moonshine, and bourbon.  We cover lots of territory between stops so I’m usually able to squeeze in a few bad jokes as well. 

I love getting to know our guests.  We get all kinds on the bourbon bus.  The folks on a typical tour range in age from twenty something hipsters exploring their love of bourbon to senior citizens that want to take in the bluegrass and horses as we cruise through thoroughbred farms.  We often have veterans and active duty military as guests.  Everyone has a story to tell.  I’m often shocked by our guest’s stories about home distillation and moonshining.  The common thread amongst our guests seems to be an appreciation of fun.  Mint Julep Tours’ motto is “The purpose of fun is to have some, so come join us!”, and we DEFINITELY have fun out on the trail. 

An especially fun part of exploring Kentucky with MJT is coming across interesting characters along the way.  One of the most interesting people we’re likely to bump in to is Freddie Johnson at Buffalo Trace distillery.  Freddie is a tour guide extraordinaire.  He is the third generation from his family to work at Buffalo Trace and he is bubbling over with information and charisma.  He can read an audience like an A-list comedian and creates incredibly memorable and interactive tours for our guests.  Your sides will hurt after one of Freddie’s tours. 

We sometimes have the opportunity to meet important people at the distilleries we visit.  One of my most memorable experiences was leading a group through the Wild Turkey distillery and meeting Jimmy Russell the octogenarian master distiller.  He visited with our guests, posed for photos, and signed bottles.   He finally had to leave, explaining that he had to fly to the west coast for an important marketing meeting with some “guys in suits”.  I was astonished to see him climb into a twenty year old, rusty pickup truck and drive away.   Here is a gentleman that has achieved success and wealth that most of us can only dream of and he is still very much a man of the people and as down to earth as the bourbon he creates.

I never get tired of driving through the lovely Kentucky countryside and meeting new and interesting people.  By the end of a bourbon tour I usually have at least a dozen new friends.  The wide variety of bourbon, the characters, the behind-the-scenes look at where the greatest whiskeys in the world are made…. Yeah, I have the best job ever!!  

Brendan has been in the bourbon industry for several years and has been with Mint Julep Tours for over a year.