During a recent vacation, we paid a visit to the site where some of the finest bourbon is born and bottled.
I'm speaking, of course, of Maker's Mark. And more specifically, the Maker's Mark distillery in the heart of Kentucky bourbon country.
I just wanted to share a few photos from that visit.
We'll start with a shot of one of the buildings on site - this one with a "Home of Maker's Mark" sign. All the buildings on site are painted in the Maker's Mark color scheme, with window shutters depicting the classic shape of the Maker's Mark bottle.
Here's a close-up of some of the bourbon barrels on display. (I'm pretty sure these were empty.)
Although the distillery is clearly geared towards visiting tourists, it still has an old-timey feel. Here's an old barn on the premises. (Despite the gloomy-looking sky, it was actually a hot, sunny day.)
Finally, here's where the magic happens - the still room. This is a close-up of the top of one of the stills that cranks out Maker's Mark. It's a dimly lit (and really warm) room. I was able to expose this just well enough to capture the gleaming gold still:
If you're a bourbon fan (as I've become), and you're in the Kentucky area, pay a visit to the Bardstown area, and treat yourself to a tour of this historic distillery. You may prefer some other brand of bourbon, but you can't deny the historic and classic appeal of Maker's Mark.