Thursday Nov 1 - Nov 4 @ 8:00 AM
Breeders' Cup Week Bourbon Country + Horse Country Tours
Mint Julep Tours and Transportation – Every fun, safe and educational experience with Mint Julep is inspired by our love for the Bluegrass State. We offer three different tour options for Breeders’ Cup to explore the finest bourbon and horses in the region. BOURBON COUNTRY TOUR journey through Bourbon Country as you learn about the history and making of America’s native spirit at two distilleries for full guided tours with tastings. HORSE COUNTRY TOUR Spend a full day exploring Kentucky’s legendary Horse Country with past and future Derby starts at two thoroughbred stallion farms. BEST OF KENTUCKY TOUR Experience the best of both worlds at a Kentucky horse farm followed by a trip to Bourbon Country for a distillery tours with tasting. Tours depart from the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville. Dress is casual. Closed-toe shoes suggested. Please bring ID. All tours are non-refundable. Departure times vary, please see website for details.
Thursday Nov 1 @ 3:45 PM
Bourbon Rocks & Ruins Elevated Experience
Mint Julep Tours and Transportation – Bourbon Rocks & Ruins, a new exclusive experience from Mint Julep Tours and Transportation, uncovers the history of O.F.C. Distillery. This special tour digs into the excavated ruins of Col. E.H. Taylor’s late 1800s operation, nicknamed Bourbon Pompeii, on the grounds of the current Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort. Highlights include an extensive after-hours private tour of the excavation site led by Bourbon Archaeologist Nick Laracuente, guided tasting of Buffalo Trace Distillery bourbons in the Old Taylor House, and a craft cocktail paired with appetizers in the George T. Stagg Gallery. Guests will visit century-old spaces throughout the grounds learning from the state’s leading bourbon-focused archaeologist, Nick Laracuente. From the Old Taylor House, the oldest residential structure in the county, to the relics in the George T. Stagg Gallery, every aspect of this insider tour is rich with history. Laracuente has spent studies lost and forgotten distilleries across Kentucky one artifact at a time. His research focuses on uncovering distilling and imbibing traditions of the past, many of which were wiped out by Prohibition. The cost is $175 per person. Bourbon Rocks & Ruins will support future preservation of Kentucky’s abandoned historical sites, donating $20 of each ticket purchase to the Woodford County Heritage Committee. Tour departs from the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville at 3:45 p.m. and returns at approx. 9:30 p.m. Bourbon Rocks & Ruins is limited to 22 guests.
Thursday Nov 15 @ 3:45 PM
Heaven & Evan Elevated Experience
Mint Julep Tours and Transportation – Join us for an unforgettable bourbon experience as you travel from Bardstown to Louisville with Heaven Hill Distilleries and Mint Julep Tours. Your VIP bourbon adventure starts with a trip to the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown for heavy appetizers, cocktails and high-end bourbon tastings. Take a guided tour through the facility and Rickhouse Y and then visit the retail shop. Next, you’ll head back to Louisville to the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, where you’ll enjoy desserts and cocktails in the Prohibition-era Speakeasy Lounge. Receive a second bourbon tasting around the bar, then take a guided tour through the experience. Each guest will receive a bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel signed by Heaven Hill distillers. The cost is $185 per person and departs at 3:45 pm and returns at approx. 9:30 pm. The tour departs and returns to The Galt House Hotel located in downtown Louisville. Heaven & Evan is limited to 22 guests per night and only happens 6 times a year - so book early! Trust us, this is one experience you don’t want to miss.