As anyone who knows me well knows, I have the privilege of traveling quite a bit for work, and I am lucky enough to visit a handful of the most iconic American Whiskey distilleries each year. This past May, I visited two of the most iconic Tennessee Distilleries, Jack Daniel’s and George Dickel, and four of the most beautiful distilleries in Kentucky, Maker’s Mark, the Jim Beam American Stillhouse, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve.
The American Whiskey Trail is a tourism initiative created by the Distilled Spirits Council (my fantastic company) in partnership with a handful of our large spirits companies. We’ve helped to string together the major distilleries throughout Kentucky and Tennessee that are open to public. Though I’m lucky enough to visit for work, I encourage everyone to get down there at some point.
Trail traffic and distillery tourism continues to grow each year, fueled by the ever-growing interest in American Whiskeys. If you have any interest in traveling the trail, I encourage you to do so–it’s a wonderful way to learn about the category. But if you’re interested in living vicariously, you can do that too—right here, though a series I’ll be doing on my visits.
(sorry, that was terrible, but I had to)