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“Do the ghost tour.”

Buffalo Trace Distillery
Ranked #1 of 38 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: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Mayo, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Do the ghost tour.”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We loved the ghost tour. We were able to go into Colonel Blanton's home and listen for ghosts. It was a great way to learn about the distillery. The tour was free and included a tasting of their products.

Visited September 2013
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Huntsville, Alabama
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Fabulous tour and great tasting!”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

This distillery is not on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail but of the distilleries we visited this was the BEST!! Our guide was Freddie and he was unbelievable, very knowledgable and had a great personality. The tour and film gave information we had not received before, so we learned something new and really enjoyed how it was presented to us. The tasting was great, we especially enjoyed the BT Bourbon Cream and when Freddie mixed it with the special Root Beer, all I can say is, I have a new favorite after dinner drink.......yummmmmm!!! Don't miss this tour!!!

Visited August 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
177 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“A must see on the Bourbon Trail”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

Although this distillery is "in town," the setting and grounds are really lovely. The tour here is free but you do not get to see any of the distillery process like the other establishments on the trail. This would be my absolute favorite tour if they would add being able to see the actual distilling process. Our tour guide was Fred and he did a nice job explaining the history of the Buffalo Trace organization. At the end of the tour we had the opportunity to taste a number of the BT spirits. The visitor center is tastefully decorated on the inside. The entire atmosphere is very welcoming. Foolishly, we asked the ladies working in the gift shop how we could go about purchasing Pappy Van Winkle spirits. After being made to feel like total idiots, we deduced that was not possible. No explanation just rolling of eyes! Word to the wise...don't expect the gift shop employees to be helpful with answering valid questions from tourists. I had to go to a Kroger wine store in another town to get an educated and honest explanation to my Pappy Van Winkle question. Overall, this is a great distillery to visit. Don't miss it.

Visited August 2013
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Rockville, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
77 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great history lesson and drink”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

This was our last stop on the KBT. We took the regular tour. Got a great history lesson and information they many different types of Bourbon they are making here. How the warehouses are at different temperatures and how there barrels are made ect. Fred, our guide, was a character. Really added to the experience. We got to see bottles "Blanton's Reserve" being bottled for Japan. The gift shop was good and tasting was great. They even had Vodka and Bourbon cream to taste. Had to take the "Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream" home. Tasted too good to leave in Kentucky.

Visited August 2013
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Shelbyville, Kentucky
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not just for the drink, the history is great too.”
Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

This is a great way to show visiting friends and family a part of the history, culture and traditions. The kids love the root beer.

Visited August 2013
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