The Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour is celebrating its 22nd birthday with a new Bourbon Trail Passport & Field Guide for visitors — but this year, there’s a twist.
The usual 150-page guide will include maps of the trail, itineraries and cocktail recipes, advice, tasting notes and information on the 19 participating distilleries. However, this year, the passport stamps guests collect on the trial will now unlock access to special collectible bottles and private barrel selections, souvenir barware, tastings and other rewards.
“This new guide is a must-have resource for Kentucky Bourbon tourists as they explore the rich history and heritage of our signature spirit,” said Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association that founded the Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure in 1999, in a prepared statement. “We’re really excited about all the rewards that now come with your Passport stamp. Visitors are clamoring for distinct bottles and exclusive souvenirs that they can only get in Kentucky. We listened, and our distilleries have worked hard to elevate their Kentucky Bourbon voyage.”
The guide will include information like if a distillery has an on-site restaurant or cocktails available, accepts online reservations, produces other spirits besides Bourbon, and more.
Adam Johnson, Senior Director of the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trial experiences, said those with Passports will be able to register their Field Guide online to receive updates on the latest news and events happening at the participating distilleries.
“The KBT program has evolved so much over the last 22 years,” Johnson said. “It’s more about savoring the Bourbon journey than a race to complete your Passport. This new book is a perfect companion piece that allows guests to celebrate our legendary Bourbon culture with ease.”
Customers can buy the new Passport & Field Guide at participating distilleries for the suggested retail price of $5.99. They are also available online.
“We are pleased to share with you an easy-to-use, fit-in-your-pocket, guide where you will discover Kentucky Bourbon is more than just a drink. It’s a way of life,” said Dee Ford, Chairwoman of the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail Advisory Panel.
The Bourbon Trail Passport & Field Guide also features the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, which the KDA created in 2012 as the nation’s first and only tourism attraction to showcase the state’s flourishing boutique distilleries.
Visitors have until Dec. 31 to use old Passports to both the KBT and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour experiences.
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Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.