If you're looking for a trip that is a little more offbeat than the usual wine-tasting circuit, consider heading to a distillery for a whiskey tour. Saveur has rounded up four destinations with distilleries open to the public, from an Iowa rye distillery famous for its illegal operations during Prohibition to a team of creative California distillers that experiments with ingredients like foie gras and crab.
Saveur recommends visiting St. George Spirits in California, Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky, Templeton Rye Whiskey in Iowa, and Tuthilltown Spirits in New York. Each offers public tours and tasting rooms guaranteed to appeal to any whiskey lover.
This idyllic description of Buffalo Trace Distillery and its mix of nature, history and whiskey is particularly appealing:
Sweet smells of bourbon and the mash cooking fill the air. A meander through the pristine grounds finds workers rolling barrels and an old Paulownia tree between warehouses C and H. This very tree's seeds were used as packaging material to ship bourbon in the 1800s.
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