Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center

Courtesy Heaven Hill

1311 Gilkey Run Road, Bardstown, KY 40004
bourbonheritagecenter.com, 502-337-1000

PRODUCTS: Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Henry McKenna, Larceny, Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey, Parker’s Heritage Collection; limited edition bottlings

Following a devastating fire in 1996 that destroyed its production plant, an aging warehouse and other buildings, Heaven Hill—the largest independent family-owned and -operated distilled spirits company in America—moved its distillation operations to the Bernheim plant in Louisville. Products are warehoused here in Bardstown, where in 2004 the company opened the beautiful Bourbon Heritage Center.

Tasting Barrel

Tasting room; courtesy Heaven Hill

Interactive exhibits walk you through the steps of bourbon production, and after a heavenly tour of Rickhouse Y, you’ll sip three samples in the Parker Beam Tasting Barrel, the most impressive tasting room in the Bluegrass. The Heritage Center also has an expansive gift shop with bourbon-inspired foods, clothing and other items.

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