Bourbon tourism has hit new heights:
Mint Julep Tours, which has been shuttling whiskey fans to and from Kentucky distilleries for 15 years, has announced a two new private tours that reach new levels in experience and in price.
Called the “Roll Out the Barrel” Experience, the newest tours for up to four people include helicopter rides from Louisville
to Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Ky., or from Nashville to Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn., as well as luxury accommodations at Omni Hotels, and pretty much every detail you can think of from food to ground transportation.
The price tag: $42,000 for Maker’s Mark and $38,000 for Jack Daniel’s.
But they include one great big perk that you’ll get nowhere else: Your own barrel of whiskey.
That’s right, each tour includes a chance to pick out your own barrel of either
Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whisky or Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, which will be be bottled and delivered just for you.
Depending on how much bourbon is in the barrel you pick, that means you’ll end up with 200-220 bottles, according to Chasta McIntyre, a certified bourbon steward, tour ambassador and Mint Julep “fun enthusiast.”
Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto is partnering with Mint Julep Tours, as is Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Tennessee, to allow private groups to book a tour that includes a chance to pick your own barrel of bourbon or Tennessee whiskey, a rare opportunity.
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Mint Julep Tours has added two new special tours that include helicopter flights to either Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto or Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey Distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn.