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Bardstown, Kentucky is considered by many as the undisputed bourbon capital of the world. Home to countless distilleries and other bourbon-themed venues, it’s often challenging to plan to see everything Bardstown has to offer in just one day. However, to visit the oldest operating distilleries in the country, as well as one of the most beautiful and historic distilleries, you’ll have to get Off the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to visit the Barton 1792 Distillery.
Originally established in 1879 as the Mattingly & Moore Distillery, the Barton 1792 Distillery has been owned and operated by some of the most famous names in bourbon history including Oscar Getz. Mr. Getz museum of whiskey memorabilia is still open today in Bardstown. Today, the Barton 1792 Distillery produces and stores a variety of spirits including vodka, tequila, run, brandy, flavored whiskies, and other brands owned by the Sazerac Company, who purchased the distillery in 2009. When you first visit the distillery, it is difficult to fathom the distillery resides on over 196 acres in the heart of Bardstown. More than 51 buildings reside on the grounds including twenty-nine, seven story rickhouses, each capable of storing over 19,000 barrels of distilled spirits.
Among the bourbon whiskey produced at the distillery is the full line of the distillery’s namesake bourbon, 1792. The 1792 bourbons, including Full Proof, Sweat Wheat, Port Finished, Single Barrel and Bottled-in-Bond, have been a favorite among bourbon enthusiasts because of their bold flavor, affordability, and general availability. In October 2019, Jim Murray, whisky critic and author of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, rated the 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon a score of 97.5 out of 100 points and awarded it with the 2020 World Whisky of the Year. Other bourbon brands produced at the distillery include Kentucky Tavern, Kentucky Gentleman, Ten High, Colonel Lee, Zachariah Harris, and Tom Moore.
The Barton 1792 Distillery offers three unique tour which are available six days per week. Much like other Sazerac owned distilleries in Kentucky, all tours at the Barton 1792 Distillery are free and include a tasting of various Barton products at the end of the tour. The Estate Tour, is an extensive two hour tour of the property grounds and various production buildings. This intimate tour is limited to five people and only available once per day at 11am, reservations are required for this tour. It is well worth the time and effort of obtaining a reservation.
The Gift Shop at the Barton 1792 Distillery is cozy and quaint however expansion plans over the upcoming year will significantly enhance the Gift Shop, Tasting Room, and the entire Visitor’s Center at Barton 1792. All of these will be moved into the second floor of one of the main production buildings which is currently unoccupied.
When visiting the bourbon capital of the world, get Off the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and tour the Barton 1792 Distillery. The beauty, history, and bourbon will provide an experience you’ll soon never forget.
About Jeremy Schell Jeremy is a Virginia native transplanted to Louisville, Kentucky in 1990. An entrepreneur and survivor of the dotcom era, he is a 25-yr. veteran of the Internet industry. Over the years, working with notable clients such as Brown-Forman, Hershey, Maker's Mark and others, he developed an affinity for drinking, collecting and talking bourbon…. and chocolate, mostly just eating it. Connect with him on Instagram @jeremyschell or visit his web site www.MyPhilosophy.com.