January 24th, 2013
Ready or not, the Kentucky Derby is coming at us full steam ahead and today marks the 100 day countdown to the races!
For many people, attending the Kentucky Derby is a Bucket List goal. But other than seeing “the most exciting two minutes in sports”, a visit to Louisville would not be complete without exploring our premier bourbon distilleries and thoroughbred horse farms. The best way to experience the region during the first week of May is get on board a Mint Julep Tour!
Travel through rolling hills of Bluegrass countryside to visit world renowned stallion farms and historic distilleries to learn about Kentucky’s proud bourbon heritage and rich racing traditions. Mint Julep Tours has three wonderful full day tour options available everyday of Derby week, (except Saturday) to experience horse country, the bourbon distilleries, or a combination of both. Derby is the busiest time of year in Louisville and we will be in a sold out situation, so it’s never too soon to make reservations.
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Contact us today to book your seats for the time of your life!
January 16th, 2013
Mint Julep Tours has partnered with Men’s Health to offer the “Exclusive Master’s Tour”, as featured in their holiday gift guide.
This once-in-a lifetime weekend getaway to the “bourbon belt” in Kentucky includes four distillery tours, a three night discounted stay in a five star hotel and first class transportation (plus lunch and special gifts). But the real bonus is an exclusive tour and tasting with Wild Turkey’s Master Distiller, Jimmy Russell!
This extravaganza includes accommodations at 21C Museum Hotel, A 90-room boutique hotel is nestled in historic downtown Louisville, and is a contemporary art museum, award-winning restaurant and cultural civic center. It has been voted the “Best Hotel in the South” in 2012. The two full day bourbon distillery tours will visit Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Buffalo Trace and features a rare and personal tour with Wild Turkey’s legendary master distiller Jimmy Russell. The tour follows the production process from grain delivery to bottling, and you’ll even get to see bourbon being poured into hand crafted oak barrels, ending with a tasting with the master himself. A dream come true for any whiskey enthusiast!
This experience is available on two weekends: April 11-14 or May 9-12. Fly in Thursday and depart Sunday. The price is $1,595 based on double occupancy; Air fare is not included. Space is limited, so call Mint Julep Tours 502-583-1433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more, see the full tour sheet by clicking HERE.
July 19th, 2012
Sometimes I just want to get out and do something. I want to feel my adrenaline rushing, my heart pumping and my nerves buzzing. I need to feel that rush of pure excitement and when I get this itch; I know I need an adventure.
Being the adventure seeker/bourbon lover that I am, I was ecstatic to hear of Mint Julep Tours’ the new option; Zip, Sip, and Dip Adventure. This is an outing you can’t get anywhere else and is sure to leave you with lasting memories! Start your day exploring Louisville’s Mega Cavern, a 17 mile cavern underneath the city that offers the world’s only underground zip lining, featuring 5 zips and 3 challenge bridges.
Once you’ve satisfied your hunger for adventure, unwind with an enjoyable trip through the beautiful Kentucky countryside. With bourbon on the brain, your mouth will be watering! Before you know it, you’ll be sipping on Kentucky’s favorite secret sauce at Maker’s Mark distillery and learning what it takes to make this fine spirit and how its’ heritage forever shaped Kentucky’s history.
Then finally, on to the dipping! With the uncharacteristic heat lately you’re probably hoping the “dip” part of the tour means you’re finishing up by jumping into a pool…but if you can believe it, it gets better. After the distillery tour and bourbon tasting, you can purchase your very own bottle of Maker’s Mark and seal it by dipping into a vat of their signature red wax. It’ll be a day of fun and adventure, so come join us!
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CHECK OUT: http://mintjuleptours.com/Tour-DU-Jour.html
June 28th, 2012
On any given day, Frankfort Avenue’s popular restaurant & Urban Bourbon Trail stop, Bourbons Bistro has about 130 bourbons on hand. But in the midst of this plethora there’s a collection of personally-selected private label Four Roses Single Barrel bottles that they’re particularly proud of. This past Friday, our Roll Out the Barrel tour facilitated the process as the team at Bourbons Bistro selected their next barrel to be bottled. Once we arrived at the Four Roses Aging warehouse, we got some quality time with Master Distiller Jim Rutledge as he poured us samples of barrel strength, unfiltered bourbon from several barrels he chose for Bourbons Bistro to compare and gave us his analysis of the recipes and thoughts on the notes and finishes, a subject he’s clearly an expert on! It was truly incredible how each sample from the different barrels had its’ own unique and delicious character. After much deliberation, a favorite was finally chosen–a tough decision when every option is superb! The process was finalized by signing our names on the barrel and taking a walk from the tasting area to see the barrels being unloaded and dumped for bottling as well as a stroll to tour the one of the many warehouses on site…a perfect way to round out a fantastic visit.
Many thanks to Four Roses and Bourbons Bistro for a wonderful day! (Check out this video clip from our adventure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usuSEEo8Zq0&feature=youtu.be)
If this sounds like an adventure you’d be interested in experiencing, we offer our Roll Out the Barrel tour with several distilleries and truly enjoy customizing agendas designed for bourbon connoisseurs. Mint Julep Tours will host you with VIP transportation and tour guide entertainment while you travel to the distillery to taste and select your own bourbon to be bottled with customized labels. Let the good times roll and join us for a “barrel” of fun with Mint Julep Tours’ Roll out the Barrel Tour. (Click here to learn more about this tour outing: http://mintjuleptours.com/custdocs/roll%20out%20the%20barrel%20-%20general.pdf)
June 21st, 2012
This past Thursday, the third annual Bourbon & Bowties™: A Taste of Corbett’s, proved to be a huge success! This honorable charity event for Kosair Children’s Hospital was a beautiful collaboration of businesses within our community, featuring chefs from fifteen top Louisville restaurants, great music, and an impressive live and silent auction benefitting Kosair Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Once again, we partnered with Four Roses to donate a “Roll out the Barrel Tour”. Mint Julep Tours will be hosting VIP transportation and tour guide entertainment while traveling to Four Roses aging warehouse for an expert guided tasting of the unfiltered spirit, straight from the barrel. With the help of Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge, a select barrel will be chosen of special reserve bourbon to be bottled with customized labels.
We are very proud to have been a part of this event, and even more excited that our involvement with this donation raised $7,000 in honor of 4 year old, Maxwell Johnson who has hemoglobin SC, a mild form of sickle cell anemia. To learn more about this wonderful event and its charitable cause visit; http://www.kosairchildrens.com/bourbonbowties. If you’re interested in organizing your own “Roll Out the Barrel” tour with Mint Julep Tours you can gather more information from our online brochure: http://mintjuleptours.com/custdocs/roll%20out%20the%20barrel%20-%20general.pdf
June 14th, 2012
You may think we’re all about bourbon at Mint Julep Tours, but don’t be fooled, we have quite a soft spot for a different kind of brew too, craft beer. Lucky for us (and for you!), craft beer is growing in popularity here in Louisville, and for good reason, as we’ve got a lot of great microbreweries and specialty beer stores around town, like Against the Grain and The Louisville Beer Store, just to name a few.
So, why all the beer talk?…Brewfest, that’s why! Mark your calendar for next Friday, June 22nd and join us for this awesome event at Louisville Slugger Field from 4pm-10pm. Brewfest kicks off the Louisville Independent Business Alliance’s “Independents Week” which promotes the patronage of locally-owned businesses and the grassroots movement to “keep Louisville weird”. There will live music, a silent auction, merchandise & food and of course plenty to sample, plus admission is FREE.
It’ll be a great time to learn more about the ever popular craft beer scene, our fun city, and everything Mint Julep Tours can offer to help you celebrate both. So come out and join us at the Louisville Brewfest! To learn more, check out: http://keeplouisvilleweird.com/brewfest/
June 6th, 2012
Father’s Day is going to be different this year! Every year I get my dad the same thing, a nice shirt and a patterned tie. Sure those things are practical and I know he’ll use them, but it’s hard to watch him open his gift and feign enthusiasm, which leads immediately to me thinking to myself how I wish I had given him something else. You know what I’m talking about, you’ve been there. I like to call it “giver’s remorse”. Well this year, forget the humdrum tie, I’m treating my dad to a Bourbon Trail Adventure with Mint Julep Tours. (And you can too!)
Mint Julep Tours is offering a Buy One, Get One Free Father’s Day Special Bourbon Trail Adventure! (June 15th, 16th and 17th) Sign up for an unforgettable ride with your dad to travel the Kentucky Bourbon Trail™. One of our knowledgeable tour guides will host the day and entertain the group with whiskey history, fun facts and Kentucky trivia. You’ll visit two renowned bourbon distilleries for a tour and tasting (my favorite part!) at each and enjoy a stop for lunch at a local eatery along the way.
Dads going to love this (and I am too!) plus we’ll get to spend quality time together and make lasting memories. Take my advice and make this Father’s Day one to remember with Mint Julep Tour’s Bourbon Trail Adventure. You can learn more about the special offer by clicking: http://mintjuleptours.com/custdocs/fathers%20day%20deal%202012.pdf
December 9th, 2011
If you haven’t been following Mint Julep Tours on Facebook, now is the time to start! To get in the holiday spirit, we’ve been posting special weekly promotions on our Facebook page.
Last week, we promoted a special discount on group tours. This week, we’re offering a great deal on our Urban Burbon Trail tour. Get your discount now, and use it by April to take advantage of this amazing offer. We’ll continue posting offers every week through the holiday season, so check each week.
Now is the time to get one of these deals–or just a MJT gift certificate–as a great present for a friend, family member, co-worker, or that someone special. If you’re in the Louisville area, you should be sure to stop by our Galt House location to check out some of the items we have in stock. You may find the perfect stocking stuffer, or discover the perfect gift for someone on your Christmas list.
Don’t forget, this season also serves as a reminder that the Derby is just a few months away! We’ll be sharing more soon about our upcoming Derby specials and events.
December 1st, 2011
The weather has been rainy the past few days, but it’s only a matter of time before the snow starts to fall. Winter is on its way, and so are the holiday season events that we look forward to each year.
As you put together your holiday shopping, may we suggest a Mint Julep Tours gift certificate? It’s the perfect fit, never goes bad, and can bring lots of cheer and excitement to friends and family. You can use them any time of the year on one of our tours of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® distilleries, a Horse Country Tour, or even one of our Historic Louisville Tours. And we’re always adding new tours and events that a gift certificate would be perfect for.
You can grab a gift certificate at our downtown location, or by contacting us online. Order now and we’ll be sure to have it to you in time for your holiday gift-giving.
November 5th, 2011
It’s Breeders’ Cup weekend, and the horses have already begun racing. We’re expecting great competition over the next two days, and are hopeful that the weather is going to cooperate on Saturday for the main events.
Having the Breeders’ Cup once again at Churchill Downs is a great source of pride for the Kentucky horse racing industry, and we at Mint Julep Tours are reminded of how uncommon our Commonwealth is.
We’ve built our reputation on serving and sharing many of the jewels of the Bluegrass State. Whether we’re taking someone on one of our tours of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® distilleries–where we highlight the bourbon-making process–taking a group of new friends on a Horse Trail Tour, sharing the sites and sounds of various Louisville attractions, or scaring up a few ghosts on our Moonshine Madness tour, we take a lot of pride in helping showcase the state.
The holidays are approaching quickly as well, and now would be a great time to plan that special tour for you and your spouse, or group outing. We’re constantly adding tour dates to our event calendar, so be sure to check it out and let us know if there’s a trip you’d like to be a part of.