To celebrate the 13th birthday of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour (and to give you more ways to part with your money in the Bluegrass State), the Kentucky Distillers’ Association this week unveiled a new online Kentucky Bourbon Trail Shop.
A record number of visitors completed the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour last year, and many of them expressed a desire for something tangible to mark the experience, said Adam Johnson, tour director. Now they can purchase everything from hats (above, $19.95) and shirts to glassware and cheese boards ($49.95) that carry the Trail’s logo. A shot glass holder crafted from a barrel stave ($79.95) has a space for a glass from each of the member distilleries – Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve – and one for the new Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour shot glass ($5.95).
Already popular, Johnson said, is a leather cover for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail passport that one must have stamped at each distillery to earn the coveted free T-shirt. The leather covers are $19.95 ($24.95 if personalized) and come with a passport ready for stamps.
Many people surprise their friends or spouses with trips to distilleries as gifts, and they wanted something to put in the box besides a brochure or a map, Johnson said.
“We envision people opening a passport on Father’s Day or Christmas and saying, ‘Oh! I’m going on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour!’ “
To start shopping (you must be 21 or older), click here.