Over 95% of the world’s bourbon comes from nearly 70 distilleries in Kentucky’s Bourbon Country. All of the big bourbon names are here — Jim Beam, Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, and Wild Turkey, among others — and there’s good reason for that. Kentucky’s natural environment and weather are perfect for bourbon distilling, so when European immigrants (who knew how to distill spirits) settled in Kentucky in the 1700s, it was a match made in whiskey heaven. Now, hundreds of years later, people can visit the state to experience the top Kentucky distilleries — several of which have been crafting spirits for generations — along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a route with over 37 distilleries offering tastings and tours.
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