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Maker’s Mark Distillery, Loretto, Kentucky

Maker’s Mark has welcomed guests since 1952. Located on 650 acres in the heart of Kentucky (the distillery sits on 20 acres; the remaining land is a nature preserve), the brand gets 100,000 visitors a year and offers a comprehensive look at the making of its two bourbons: original Maker’s Mark and the longer-aged Maker’s 46 (the brand’s first new offering in more than 50 years). “They get to see every inch of what we do,” says Rob Samuels, COO of Maker’s Mark and an eighth-generation distiller. Three tasting rooms in a functioning warehouse welcome guests, and tours cap off with a tasting and the opportunity to hand-dip a bottle in the bourbon’s signature red wax. 3350 Burk Spring Rd.; 270-865-2099; makersmark.com.

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