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One Tank Trip: The Bourbon Trail

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VERSAILLES, Ky. (WDRB) --The architecture of the buildings, the settings in which they sit, it's just a small part of the ambiance surrounding places dedicated to that mouth watering drink that has 8 stops in Kentucky named after it, the Bourbon Trail.

"We're very proud of that national landmark status," a tour guide told her group.

They're also proud to be leaders in bringing people from elsewhere here to the Commonwealth.

"It's been a huge boom, not just to the industry, but to our tourism partners as well," Woodford Reserve Master Distiller, Chris Miller said.

"If you drink all that bourbon, you need a place to stay," Four Roses brand ambassador, Al Young joked.

Kathie Agrell and her husband from Knoxville, Tennessee are travelers of the trail.

"We like bourbon, and we wanted to see how it was made," she explained.

She has been to stops near Louisville before, now she's checking out Woodford Reserve in Versailles.

The destinations on the Bourbon Trail, are not places you stop at for a little while, check out the gift shop, and leave. They're places that let you check out the process, from start to finish.

"I did not realize how much the same the bourbon process is in and of itself, " Agrell said.

She's right, some of what you see will be the same from stop to stop, but each place is unique in it's own way too, each time you visit. For instance, Four Roses has gift shop specific flavors. Woodford is getting ready for a big Visitor's Center expansion.

"We're going to have enhanced dining facilities, a new tasting room, the gift shop will be much larger, we're going to have interactive displays,"

No matter what changes, you can count on the taste, the samples, and the experience that has people like Agrell making "One Tank Trips" to spots on the Bourbon Trail.

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