Buffalo Trace Distillery

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Buffalo Trace Distillery
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Buffalo Trace Distillery has been following the global spread of COVID-19 which has allowed us to refine and progressively implement new protocol. After months of careful planning, we are thrilled to announce we will be reopening to visitors on July 1. We are implementing many new procedures to address safety for our visitors and staff. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present, and these policies follow expert guidance to maximize visitors’ health and safety. As with other organizations, Buffalo Trace Distillery has a phased approach. Please visit, https://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/visit-us/covid-19-what-to-expect.html, for more information about what you can expect at the Distillery and watch a short video outlinein our precautions.
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phototango
Plant City, FL105 contributions
We took the Expansion Tour which felt like being a new employee on a 1st day orientation. We saw places that were way beyond our expectations. Our tour guide Chuck quickly became a friend and we enjoyed his humor and knowledge so much! Of course, the tasting at the end of the tour (keep in mind this was a free tour!) let us sample libations beyond our normal purchasing power. Who could have imagined on a bourbon tour that we would sample excellent Vodka as well??? We had the opportunity to taste and purchase Eagle Rare and other BT products. The gift store alone will take you 30 minutes or more. Worth going online to book your tour in advance.
Written August 7, 2022
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Paul S
Richmond, TX130 contributions
A real contrast to the likes of the grounds at Makers Mark, the place looks like a defunct industrial park on the outside. The tour covers a lot of ground. Inside the gift shop is a whole different story, with shelves of bourbon and other gifts everywhere. We happened to be there when their Blanton's was out: what a crowd that brought in! The tasting rooms upstairs are very nice, and five offerings, plus Freddie's Root Beer, made for a great morning.
Written August 7, 2022
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Melissa J
Cincinnati, OH7 contributions
Couples
We had a wonderful tasting and tour at Buffalo Trace ! Pet Friendly !!! Our dog went with us during the tour and tasting!! Dogs also allowed in the gift shop !!
Written July 27, 2022
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Donald M
Naples, FL1,180 contributions
Friends
This was the first stop on our Bourbon Trail adventure. It was a great tour and we learned about bourbon and the interesting history of this place. Our guide Daryl was outstanding (and a veteran) and very knowledgeable. Unfortunately for us we were there a day that they weren’t really running the lines so we couldn’t see the process of making the bourbon. But the grounds were beautiful and we really enjoyed the gift shop as well. You are limited to one bottle per brand so pick wisely. They don’t always have every brand in stock.
Written July 20, 2022
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PVS2012
Birmingham, AL57 contributions
Loved it all -- the history, the grounds, the tasting, the staff. Will return to enjoy a different tour.
Written July 16, 2022
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457karleef
New Castle, PA139 contributions
The back history of this review is that it was the ONLY FREE distillery tour that I could find. It was also one of the ONLY TOURS THAT KIDS ARE PERMITTED ON.
When I went to book a tour, they were all sold out for the month and it said that July's tour schedule would be posted on June 7th between 9-10am. So I set my phone reminder and got on the computer at that day and time. Within TEN MINUTES the ENTIRE MONTH OF JULY was BOOKED! And now we know why
:)

This truly is a FAMILY EXCURSION! Which was wonderful!
We spent an entire week between Ohio and Kentucky and this was OUR FAVORITE PART OF OUR VACATION!

It was HOT! and when we pulled in the parking lot, I cannot lie, it smelled like poop.
When on the tour, I asked if it was the fermentation of the product and the man said, "No. That's the water treatment plant." I wished at that point I had not asked about it. lol But DO NOT LET THAT DISCOURAGE YOU!

You walk out of the parking lot and enter a small building where you get a wristband. One if you are over 21 and one if you are under 21.

Then you proceed into a large building that has restrooms, places to sit, the gift shop and where you end the tour with the tasting.

Our tour guide was Nick and he was AMAZING!

It was over 100 degrees .... so I wish we would have take a bottle of water with us. But you start in front of that building, head across the drive in the shade under the trees, and go into the barrel room. However, then you go into the storage house where there is air conditioning and proceed to the bottling room with AC. So once you get nice and toasty in the first half of the tour, you spend the rest in AC. Thank goodness!

We had our three kids with us (ages 10, 8 and 6) and in the bottling room, one of the workers gave them each a cork. It had a brass horse on top and was really neat! and was FREE!
Even neater when in the gift shop and man on our tour came up to us and asked if he could see it for a moment. He proceeded to tell us that it was a real "gem!" He said he collected corks and that he's been trying to get one of the one's we now had for years. Said that every place he goes he looks for the bourbon bottles that have those on it and he has not been successful yet. So the kids felt even more special.

After the bottling room, we went inside the large building that we started in and we went upstairs into the tasting room. In there, they had flights for everyone. One vodka, two bourbons, a cream, a root beer and a bourbon ball. For the KIDS, they had a root beer in the same plastic shot glass the adults were served in and a bourbon ball. I appreciate this SO MUCH! Again, this place is really FAMILY ORIENTED! Nick explained each of the samples we were given thoroughly.
I'm not a drinker... but felt we HAD TO DO a distillery tour since we were in the Bourbon Capital of the World.... so the vodka and the bourbons weren't my thing.... BUT! The CREAM and the ROOT BEER were HEAVENLY! So was the BOURBON BALL!

We had previously gone to a candy shop and bought Bourbon Balls. We had never had them before so I asked the candy man which sold the best. He said that Buffalo Trace and M&#(@$# M!@# were the most popular. However, I went with Rebecca Ruth's because they were the Original. I should have listened to the candy man. Buffalo Trace Bourbon Balls were SO MUCH BETTER than Rebecca Ruth's!

Again, I cannot recommend this place enough. BY FAR, OUR FAVORITE PLACE on vacation that we went to! and it's FREE and FAMILY ORIENTED! How could you go wrong?

Just BE SURE TO BOOK YOUR TOUR ON THE DAY THEY OPEN THE RESERVATIONS!

Oh! and the grounds are BEAUTIFUL and they have an AMAZING playground for kids... it was just TOO HOT that day to enjoy those.
Written July 10, 2022
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Catie T
6 contributions
Couples
The grounds are beautiful, the staff is knowledgeable, and friendly. Visitors are greeted by staff as soon as you pull in, offering guidance to start your day... And most importantly pet friendly with just one building (bottling building) the pup wasn’t allowed in! We will be back for sure!!!!
Written June 29, 2022
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Mixa's Travels
Oldsmar, FL2,840 contributions
Couples
We were disappointed to not be able to do one of the Complimentary Tours. It seems they book up early. We were are able to do a complimentary tasting. Note: we visited and toured several years ago. Wow! It is growing and we noticed several changes for Visitors, TastingRooms and Gift Shop. After checking out other Distilleries, we were pleased Buffalo Trace still offers complimentary tours and tastings. On other distilleries and wineries there was a tasting fee and even a tour fee. The tasting was very good starting with their vodka then a few bourbons, the bourbon cream, root beer and bourbon ball. Our favorite is the Bourbon Cream. It was a very nice visit for the tasting. If you plan to visit the area be sure to make reservations online early. It is also now on National Register of historic places which is probably causing more visitors.
Written June 28, 2022
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iagomega
Cincinnati, OH237 contributions
Family
So this was a decent tour. We did the generic Trace Tour with 6 of us plus 2 kids. This tour is kid friendly. There wasn't a ton of walking and over half was outdoors. You got to go in one barrelhouse and the Blanton's production line building. There were 6 samples, with one being a non alcoholic root beer to mix with the bourbon cream. They also had a large sample glass of just the root beer for those under 21, which was honestly a nice touch! Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable.

Now this tour does not go into how the bourbon is made, and you see none of that production. To me I didn't mind as I've been to other tours so I get that, but we had some people who had never done a bourbon tour before, so keep that in mind. Their gift shop opens early, so plan on getting an early tour time. With a tour confirmation you do get to skip the line a little bit and bypass those looking for a bottle. Now this is where I don't like their "limited release" items. To me, those booking a tour should have bottles set aside or I would even pay the bottle price for a tour to be guaranteed a bottle. Because if you do a later tour, the odds of things being sold out is very high. That doesn't necessarily sit right with me.

Now you can just do a self tour, and even tour some of the grounds before/after your tour as well. All in all it was a decent tour. Some of their specialty tours look nice as well and definitely more in depth. The basic tour took us about an hour start to finish. We had a noon tour and one type of spirits was sold out by the time we got into the gift shop well before our tour time. So keep that in mind.
Written June 26, 2022
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Jeanean M
8 contributions
Couples
We did a tour here and it was extremely informative. As someone who is married to a bourbon lover, I enjoyed the deep history of Buffalo Trace. We have been here 4 straight mornings in a row and I cannot say enough at how friendly and patient their team is with everyone. Worth a trip.
Written June 20, 2022
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