The Top 10 American Whiskey Distilleries To Tour Now

on 11/04/12 at 11:15 am

Spirits

Still for making absinthe at St. George Spirits

On the rocks, neat or with splash of spring water—instead of ordering your favorite pour from a bartender, why not taste whiskey straight from the source? We combed through hundreds of facilities across the country and picked the top 10 American whiskey distilleries that merit a visit right now. Don’t live near Kentucky’s Bourbon County? No problem. Distilleries from coast to coast are bottling top-notch whiskey and bourbon, and we’ve included the best places to stay while you sip and swirl. To see who made the cut, click here to see the list on Forbes Travel Guide’s online home Startle.com.

Visit an off-the-beaten-path Texas distillery that makes a Hopi blue corn whiskey. In Mount Vernon, Va., you can tour George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill, where distillers make whiskey the way our founding father used to at his 18th-century still, with wood stoves and no running water. The best distillery tours offer insight into the process that creates the distinct taste of whiskey, and adventurous sippers can experiment with clear, un-aged white whiskeys (the caramel color comes from the barrel-aging process most whiskeys undergo), or get a rare taste of limited-edition single barrel malts. Click here to read the full story and get to know the whiskeys that can go for as much as $60 for a two-ounce pour.

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