Something Extra Special for All You Bourbon Lovers
Kentucky’s newest tasting spot passes the taste test
The venerable brand Wild Turkey just unveiled something bourbon aficionados won't want to miss - its spectacular new visitor center perched atop a bluff overlooking the Kentucky River in Lawrenceburg, Ky., about 50 miles southeast of Louisville. The $4 million structure, located next to the company's industrial-sized distillery complex, features local and whimsical touches that will make you feel like you're visiting an artistic moonshiner's cabin. The building is paneled with colored woods resembling wild turkey plumage and has sweeping views over the countryside and of the basics of bourbon production. The birds approve: Two flocks of local wild turkeys regularly amble by, perhaps looking for samples of their own to gobble up.
The 9,140-square-foot visitor facility replaces Wild Turkey's tiny 1,000-square-foot center (a house from the 1800s). 1417 Versailles Road; 502-839-2182; wildturkey.com
WHILE VISITING ...
• Take the 30-minute "Turkey Tour," an overview designed to educate visitors on the art and science of making bourbon. Tastings in the "Angel's Share" room include Wild Turkey 81 and 101, Rare Breed, Kentucky Spirit, and Russell's Reserve 6-Year-Old Rye.
• For a more in-depth study, allot an extra 90 minutes for the fascinating "Bourbon to Barrels" end-to-end facility tour.