Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. Situated in heart of bourbon country on 196 acres, the Distillery boasts 29 barrel aging warehouses, 22 other buildings including an impressive still house, and the legendary Tom Moore Spring. The Distillery named in honor of the year Kentucky joined the United States, Barton 1792 offers three tours of the Distillery: the Barton Tradition Tour, the Bushel to Bottle Tour and the 1792 Estate Tour.

Below are the images from our Field Trip:

Our fine tour guide for the day
She is pointing out the grains used and holding the mash bill
That is a lot of corn up there
This is where the corn gets milled down to size
Grain samples as it comes into the distillery from the local farms
This truck full of corn is about to empty its contents into the grain pit below
One of the rickhouses
Oh the sweet smell of Bourbon
Each barrel did have a unique smell, unfortunately we did not get to taste them.
The rickhouse pendulum, if it leans to one side then they have to compensate the weight of the barrels in the rickhouse so that the load is evenly spaced out.
The large column still
Hmm, wonder what the “B” stands for? 😉
Behind each one of these “doors” is a meshed plate where the mash has to go through as it is dropped from the top, this helps get the alcohol out.
High Wine box for testing
Our Guide passing the “moonshine” around
The decorative lion’s head
Dave being daring
A fun couple who were on the tour with us, sampling the High Wine/Moonshine
Old photos of the distillery
Back in the gift shop/tasting room
Oh, the Chocolate Bourbon Balls!
Dave and Nina purchasing a case of products.
Dawn the spokeswoman for the hour
Some of the historical brands and labels produced here.
The different colors on the bottle neck indicates the type of Bourbon
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