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Bartons 1792

The Barton's 1792 Distillery is located in Bardstown, KY about 2 miles north of exit 21 on the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway.  It was previously called the Tom Moore distillery.  The tour is fairly complete and visitor's see everything from distilling to shipping the finished product.  Unfortunately they weren't actively distilling the day of our visit.  It was actually quite interesting to get to look inside the stills which were undergoing maintenance.

One aspect of the tour that I found interesting was that they actually used the term "Bottom Shelf" to describe some of their products.  Their "Top Shelf" Bourbon is Ridgemont Reserve 1792 (1792 is the year Kentucky became the 15th state).  The "Middle Shelf" included Very Old Barton.  I was so impressed with Very Old Barton that I bought a 750ml bottle at Liquor Barn to use primarily in mixed drinks (particularly Bourbon and Coke Zero).  For the price I paid (9.99) Very Old Barton represents exceptional value.  I also bought a bottle of the Ridgemont Reserve 1792 which I also consider to be outstanding.

The distillery does a lot of bottling for beverages not produced on site.  These beverages are transported via tank truck and packaged and shipped from their facility. 

The post tour tasting consisted of Ridgemont Reserve 1792 and Very Old Barton.  The gift shop has a nice selection of Barton themed products.  Overall this is a very nice tour.  It should be noted that this facility is NOT a part of the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

While this tour does involve a good deal of walking, there is very little climbing involved.  Since hours and tours can change, I would recommend visiting the distilleries website before visiting.  The site can be accessed by clicking here.

Below is a gallery of pictures taken at the distillery in June 2013.

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