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“Great Roadside Find”

Buffalo Trace Distillery
Ranked #1 of 36 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, Food available for purchase, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed December 8, 2014

This is the kind of place you stumble across when you travel by car. I had never heard of Buffalo Trace and just followed the signs. The place is a real piece of history. We did not have time to take the tour but boy did we have fun in the gift shop. And the Buffalo Trace Cream Liqueur is right up there with Bailey's.

Thank lannyr
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

This distillery is huge! We enjoyed the Trace Tour and then we have the opportunity to see the Blanton's being bottled. Truly amazing - completely by hand!

Inspired: the Blanton's bottling tour

Service: our guides were excellent

Atmosphere: warm and friendly

Return: yes

Discovered: frequent TA reviews

Thank 275GTS
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Reviewed December 6, 2014

A quite a learning experience. We went on 3 different tours the barrel tour,hard hat tour and the regular tour. You have to make reservations for the first 2 tours. Learned something new on every tour will have to go back to see what the other tours provide. We went into places other companies would never take you. Buffalo trace doesnt seem to have much to hide they want you to see it all and enjoy their facility. Dont worry about how the weather is they will help keep you comfy. With all the free tours and free samples it is a piece of history that is a must see.

Thank bry6140
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Reviewed December 4, 2014

The facility is much more historic that I would have ever known if I had not gone on the tour. They offer 2 different tours. The regular tour is very informative and contains all the interesting history of the distillery and the bourbon industry. Although this tour gives an overview of the distillation process it does not go "deep". The "hard hat" tour has more of the behind the scenes as to how the bourbon is made at every step of the process. *Warning* The hard hat tour has a lot more walking and A LOT of stairs. The combination of both tours makes this my favorite distillery to visit.

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Reviewed December 4, 2014

We enjoyed spending an afternoon in Kentucky visiting a bourbon distillery. It was very interesting to learn about the process and they gave generous free samples. The setting is lovely and it's a fun thing to visit a bourbon distillery while you're in Kentucky! We actually ended up really liking their vodka as well.

Thank Happy E
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