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“I didn't see a ghost :(”

Buffalo Trace Distillery
Ranked #1 of 42 things to do in Frankfort
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Buffalo Trace Distillery is the oldest continually operating distillery in the United States and we have proudly won more awards than any other distillery in the world. We welcome visitors of all ages to tour our legendary distillery and see first hand how we craft, age, and bottle America's native spirit, bourbon whiskey. All guests are treated to a complimentary tour and tasting of fine Kentucky bourbon as well as old fashioned root beer and bourbon balls. Don't forget to stop by our Gift Shop for authentic distillery products and to pick up a few bottles of the good stuff! HOURS: *Monday-Friday Tours: 9am-4pm departing every hour Gift Shop: 9am-5:30pm *Saturday Tours: 9am-4pm departing every hour Gift Shop:9am-5:30pm *Sunday Tours: Noon-3pm departing every hour Gift Shop: 12pm-5pm *All tours and tastings are FREE! *We have a beautiful Clubhouse that can be rented for events!
Useful Information: Baby buggy parking, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed February 21, 2018

On a visit to Kentucky on business, I absolutely HAD to go to at least one distillery....but alas, the only thing we could fit in, was the night "Ghost Tour" at Buffalo Trace. It was fun (and it was free) but it wasn't very scary and there wasn't as much distillery to see as I thought there would be. My taking back of one dot, is merely based on my wish not a comment on the actual place. It was beautiful, the people were all amazingly friendly and the bourbon was (possibly) a little too good. (Hiccup)

Thank Michelle S
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Reviewed February 20, 2018

We have traveled to all of Kentucky's large distilleries, and they are all lots of fun and unique despite the fact that their process is the same. Kind of like visiting wineries! Buffalo Trace, which is not on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, is my favorite. The setting has an abundance of character, the people are exceedingly friendly and they some of the finest distilled spirits products on the planet. This was probably my 6th or 7th visit and it never disappoints.

Thank DStin0731
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Reviewed February 20, 2018

I have been on many other bourbon tasting experience tours and previously at Buffalo Trace, I am never disappointed when I turn onto Great Buffalo Trace for a visit. Most recently I took the Hard Hat Tour and found it to be one of my favorites. The tour guide, David, was exceptional. His knowledge, energy, and engagement of the group in the experience of bourbon making made it truly experiential. From having us handle the corn kernels, to then handling the ground corn meal, to tasting from the fermentation vats to get an idea of the various tastes of sweet to sour through the process, to putting 150 proof in our hands to rub together to smell first the alcohol then the grains, and lastly the bread-like scent was so interesting. As always, Buffalo Trace invites you 'to their home' and provides the tour and sampling free of charge. If you haven't experienced the tour (or if it has been awhile), be sure to add it to your places to visit. You won't be disappointed.

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Reviewed February 17, 2018 via mobile

Such a great tour and a great time. It was so much fun seeing the bottling process, learning about their 200yr history and definitely he samples!! Great stop even if your just passing through

Thank Bnutty99
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Reviewed February 17, 2018

As part of our Bourbon Trail Experience with The Kentucky Bourbon Boys, we were hooked up (thanks, Tim!) for the E.H. Taylor Tour, Bourbon Pompeii. We had another couple join us, as well as Tim and his friend, Dave, who had ridden along with us for the day. Our tour guide was Fred, who as we came to understand from the other distilleries, was a third generation Buffalo Trace guy and could tell us everything we wanted to know about the place. Their property here was also gorgeous and I wished I'd brought my DSLR along for the trip, despite the dropping temperatures, cloudy skies and drizzling rain. The tour we took was a bit more in-depth about the history of the place and all the master distillers who had called it home. We got to see the inside of E.H. Taylor's house and view a room of experimental bourbon's from over the years.

Then, we were able to see the space that was destined to be an event space, but upon construction, was discovered to have been the home of two original buildings from way back when. They're in the process of uncovering the old foundations and I imagine will make it a really cool space in the near future.

They must have thousands upon thousands of barrels aging in the rick houses and the smell was amazing. I could've stayed in there forever.

For the tastings, they had four types to choose from - you could pick two to try. One was a vodka. I don't remember which two I had but I enjoyed them both. At the end, everyone also was able to sample their "Buffalo Cream" which is like Bailey's, but better. We got to put a splash of root beer in it and it tasted like a heavenly adult float!

They had a very nice visitor's center as well, and upstairs in the tasting room you could view their vault of bourbons from throughout the years. That was really awesome to see. If you go, which you should, ask for Fred as your tour guide!

Thank aeroflash
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