KY Bourbon Trail

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Last spring while visiting Louisville for the Derby Half Marathon, a few of us visited the Bulleit Distillery as a bit of a celebration of all our hard-work. We didn't spend but a few hours on the tour, but the experience was so interesting and fun that when a few good friends asked us to join them for a day in Lexington on the Bourbon Tour, Tyler and I agreed almost immediately. We had decided that we wanted to take Memorial Weekend/Anniversary Weekend easy with no major plans except to spend it with friends and family, so we were completely on board with visiting a semi-new city. The idea was to try out three different distilleries - Woodford Reserve, Wild Turkey and Four Roses, and to really enjoy the beautiful rolling hills, we would bike between Wild Turkey and Four Roses and back again. In theory, the plan was perfect - visit Woodford Reserve (the fancier distillery), drive to Wild Turkey, bike to Four Roses and do a tour, then return back to Wild Turkey for a final tour. This didn't go exactly as planned, but we had an amazing time. However, I thought it was worth sharing our day trip with those who may be interested in something similar! 

Barrels full of Woodford Reserve Bourbon. 

Barrels full of Woodford Reserve Bourbon. 

The modern and unique Wild Turkey welcome center. One of my personal favorites in design and style. 

The modern and unique Wild Turkey welcome center. One of my personal favorites in design and style. 

On the Left: Initial Route, On the Right: Return Route 

On the Left: Initial Route, On the Right: Return Route 

Although beautiful, the first route to Four Roses was FULL of rolling hills and old homes, the bike ride was a bit longer and hillier than any of us thought. The route above on the left was a more direct route, but was on narrow hilly roads that took us about an hour to bike. The route on the right, although a few more turns and interstates, included an edge for biking, a bit more gradual hills and only took us about 40-45 minutes. The return route was not near as pretty, but we were wanting an easier route that got us back sooner rather than later. Overall the biking was a lot of fun, minus we didn't get tours at either Four Roses or Wild Turkey as we took to long to get to both places, but it was a great way to see a little bit of Kentucky! 

A little bit of our Woodford Reserve tasting... 

A little bit of our Woodford Reserve tasting... 

Don't worry though, we did thoroughly enjoy the Woodford Reserve bourbon tasting with a pairing of a sweet bourbon ball. All in all, it was a beautiful day spent with friends eating, drinking, biking and simply enjoying the sunshine and one another's company. Although the biking took longer than expected, I would highly recommend biking some portion of the trail, just remember to pack water and allow more time than you would think! If you want to know more about your options for visiting the distilleries check it out here! I would highly recommend for a day/weekend get away as a girl's trip or any other celebration you may have! 

Cheers. 

-a.