As world capitals go, Toddy’s Liquors doesn’t look like much. It’s not that big. It can feel a little cluttered. It sits atop a square of asphalt with a basic drive-through window and a lonely half-barrel planter. Bud Light neon and Kentucky Wildcats flags appear in the windows, along with a simple sign on the low roof: “Toddy’s Liquors Cold Beer Whiskey Wine.” It maintains no marketing campaigns, no website, no answering machine.
Located at the crux of the Bourbon Trail, Toddy’s is not far from Louisville, Ky., in Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World. According to locals, it’s the oldest such store in the Bluegrass State.
Well over a dozen distilleries call Bardstown and its immediate surrounding area home, including Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Maker’s Mark and newer Bardstown Bourbon. The longer trail includes a dozen others, including Bulleit, Jim Beam, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve.
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