Hi. I'm new to the site and am hoping somebody can help me out. I'm traveling to Bardstown next week.

First, any strong recommendations for distillery tours? I'm thinking Maker's, Beam, Heavenly Hill; unless someone can point out why a trip to Frankfurt (Buffalo Trace or Four Roses?) would be worthwhile.

Second, what about special bottlings to be on the lookout for? I owe my father a belated birthday present and would like a unique souvenir (or three) for myself. I don't want to end up with something I could just get in my local liquor store, and am thinking in the $100/bottle price range. If it helps, our preferred rotation these days is Maker's Mark, Basel Hayden, and Evan Williams Single Barrel (but we are also open to trying anything.)

Thanks in advance and I look forward to your responses. -Jim