Visiting the Kentucky Bourbon Trail allows whiskey fans to see how and where bourbon is made. More importantly, it gives people the chance to taste a variety of bourbons they can’t always find elsewhere. There’s just one catch: Once you travel the trail and find your new favorite (possibly rare) bottle, you can’t buy it from the distillery and have it shipped home. Until now.
Kentucky legislators passed a bill this month that finally allows tourists to ship whiskey from the distillery. More than 1.2 million stops were made at distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in 2017, and 70 percent of those were made by people from outside of the state, according to the Kentucky Distillers Association. More than 85 percent of those people purchased a bottle during the trip. Key word here is “a” bottle, because you can only fit so much whiskey into your checked bag for your flight home.
Goodbye limits, hello opportunity to bring back as much of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail as your wallet allows. The bill, House Bill 400, also allows people to join bourbon of the month clubs and ship liquor home from distilleries.
“It’s only a matter of time before more and more states allow reciprocity with Kentucky and embrace the shipping of spirits, just like they have wine,” Eric Gregory, the president of the Kentucky Distillers Association, said in a statement.
Although bourbon can be made anywhere in the U.S., Kentucky captures bourbon lovers’ hearts unlike anywhere else. It’s one of the top drinking experiences to have before you die. This legislation doesn’t literally bring the trail to your door, but you can still close your eyes, sip from your bourbon of the month bottle and be happy that lawmakers united to allow whiskey to be sent from the distillery to your door.