Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace Distillery
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Buffalo Trace Distillery is one of America’s oldest continually-operating distilleries with over 200 years of history. It has been known by several names over the years, but one thing has remained the same—their fine bourbon whiskey. Uncover the distillery's history, learn about the science of making bourbon, and get a behind-the-scenes look into the production on a complimentary distillery tour and tasting—but make your reservations early as slots fill up fast. It ends with a tasting of some of their award-winning spirits, including their signature Buffalo Trace Bourbon, and Eagle Rare Bourbon. You can explore Buffalo Trace Distillery and other historic spots on a bourbon tour of Kentucky. – Tripadvisor
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  • Lili P
    Kennebunkport, Maine336 contributions
    A distillery trail must!
    The only distillery that offers a complementary tour. You must book weeks ahead to get a spot. The tours are very well organized. They give you the history of the distillery and the land that it sits on. Learn about the barrel aging process. You also are able to see the bottling, sealing, and boxing processes. We were fortunate to peak behind the curtain for Barton's bourbon. Each tour ends with a tasting of their spirits. The gift store does have bottles of their bourbons available for purchase. For better selection, the earlier tours are your best bet.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 January 2023
  • not@work
    Lawrenceville, Illinois450 contributions
    Rae - best tour guide ever
    This tour was amazing and a lot of that had to do with our tour guide Rae. To be fair I did see other great tour guides taking out groups so I don’t think you can go wrong. This was our 3rd tour of the day and by far my favorite. A lot of explanation on the difference in bourbons, the history of Buffalo Trace and more. A lot of this tour is outside although they do have different tours so I can’t honestly tell you which one we were on as it was booked through a tour company. This is a large distillery. Very Interesting!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 January 2023
  • Travelbugsforlife
    1,118 contributions
    Best tour on our Bourbon Trail Trip - Thanks Freddie
    Best tour we did on our Bourbon trail trip. We were lucky enough to make a reservation for the day we would be in town. Tip, be ready to try to get reservations online in advance. when the web opens up tickets for a specific day they go fast. Within 10 minutes all the tickets on the day we went were gone. It is a free tour but it is the best one we did. We lucked out and ended up getting Freddie Johnson for our tour guide, he is third generation worker and he had amazing stories of being on property as a child. The property is beautiful, the tour was interesting and entertaining, the tastings were all delicious. Highly recommend this tour.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 24 January 2023
  • stephanie a
    Louisville, Kentucky238 contributions
    Kentucky History
    Adventure days are my favorite. While in Frankfort my family and I stopped In Buffalo trace toured some of the grounds which were beautiful and toured the large gift shop and large area w history and tasting rooms. You can also take a tour of the distillery which we have done in the past and encourage you to do if time allows.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 February 2023
  • Terry W
    3 contributions
    The absolute best distillery in Kentucky
    If you haven’t been to Buffalo Trace Distillery, this is a must do!!! They bottle some of the most sought after bourbons in the US!!! Pappy Van Winkle, Elijah Craig 18 yr, Blanton’s, William Larue Weller 12 yr, and about a dozen or so others too numerous to list. They also have other spirits at the store as well as bar ware and other items!!!! A must see stop if your in Kentucky
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 February 2023
  • Christina
    Key West, Florida40 contributions
    Bob Rocks!
    Bob was a great tour guide. We did the Old Taylor tour and loved learning the history of the distillery. We ended up getting a tour the day of our visit just by asking when we checked in. Best stop on the Bourbon Trail!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 February 2023
  • Shrubbo
    Las Vegas, Nevada270 contributions
    Excellent Tour
    I was disappointed to see all the tours fully booked over a month in advance for the one day I'd be there, but I put myself on the wait list. Luckily I got slotted into the Trace Tour about 3 days before my visit. Unlike many other distilleries nearby this is a truly massive operation, which gives you a different picture of how the process can look. The tour didn't include any of the bourbon making process, no bubbling yeast, no giant stills, etc. Instead it covered more about the aging, collecting, and bottling, which made for an interesting tour. There are plenty of options nearby that show the rest of the process. The tasting was great too as you get to sample some fairly hard to find bourbons (the Weller and Taylor). Plus they were very kind and had set aside some of the limited bottles they had that day for us to purchase. Since my time slot was later I missed the good stuff that morning and greatly appreciate the chance to buy it later. The gift shop also had a huge selection of interesting stuff as well. Plus the tour was free! Highly recommend scheduling a tour (and get there early if you want something rare).
    Visited February 2023
    Written 24 February 2023
  • bakerm2290
    Raleigh, North Carolina314 contributions
    Found treasure...
    Historic facility! We were not able to do a tour (book far in advance), however we did get a couple of GREAT bottles! The staff was very friendly and efficient. The shop was well organized. We were able to do the free tasting and we enjoyed how they let us pick our selections. We'll revisit when we have a tour scheduled.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 28 February 2023
  • KYKIMBERLY
    52 contributions
    Awesome Tour and Tasting
    Wow, what an amazing tour and tasting! We stopped in hoping to be luck enough to get to experience a tour, which we were. We did the Hard Hat Tour, no hat required, which was a comprehensive behind the scenes look at the whole brewing process. Wrapped up with a full tasting experience at the end. I have a new appreciate for the process and a new taste for the product!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 11 March 2023
  • Amber S
    Roswell, Georgia264 contributions
    Loved our tour and visit!
    Loved everything about our visit! We showed up even though no tours were available online, and we were lucky enough to get on one anyways. Everyone was so friendly and informative. The grounds are very cool. Todd was our tour guide and he was the best guide we’ve ever had at a distillery! Super knowledgeable and funny. Only downside was everything was already sold out when we got there, but the tour and tasting were both FREE, but make sure to tip your tour guide. Definitely recommend visiting!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 March 2023
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Dee L
7 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We arrived without a tour reservation expecting to only visit the gift shop,but were pleasantly surprised to snag a spot on the tour. It was informative and fun, our guide was the best! It ends with a tasting of 5 products. We ended up spending way too much- buying some of everything plus a cap and a bourbon glass. A great afternoon!
Written 27 November 2023
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Jay L
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
This is my second visit at Buffalo Trace but first tour and our tour guide Kyle was a total gem. He was polite, knowledgeable, and so entertaining. He had a great personality and kept the tour interesting. The campus is beautiful and the gift shop is full of great finds. If you are planning to tour the distillery ask for Kyle!
Written 26 November 2023
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KH2oson
80 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Our first tour of the trip and a great way to begin a bourbon tour. Friendly welcome center ( appreciated the use of wristbands… no need to pull out you id for later purchases or tastings). Lovely campus and informative tour.
As a non-drinker on a bourbon tour, I really appreciated the glass of root beer being included in the tasting (yep, the root beer was very good and I picked some up in the gift shop).
Written 17 November 2023
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Josh D
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Friends
DO NOT GO HERE!!! They have hired every employee from Karen's R us the fuss at u for taking a mis step even though there is no direction from anywhere, and will speak to you like a Child when you are confused on why you are being fussed at, every bottle of burboun They have you can buy cheaper at you local liquor store, I bought a hat that went straight to the garbage when I got home....
Written 12 November 2023
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FresnoTravelers
Fresno, CA402 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Buffalo Trace: Excellent distillery tour!!! The grounds are extensive, so there is quite a bit of walking. Our guide, Tyree, was excellent!!!! He kept the group together as we walked the grounds, shared his extensive knowledge on distilling and history as he took us through the tour. The buildings for each step in the process are large so you can easily understand the process! This is an excellent tour with beautiful grounds when choosing a distillery tour.
Written 11 November 2023
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HawaiianHercules
Auburn, AL430 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
I have had two tours at Buffalo Trace. One in May (don't remember the guide's name) and one a few days ago in November with tour guide Jeremy. Didn't pay for either tour. They were vastly different. I saw different things on each and the guides couldn't be more different. Jeremy was fabulous! He was knowledgeable and engaging. He showed us very interesting parts of the distillery. In May, our guide was knowledgeable, but was off-putting because he came across as a know-it-all and even disparaged other distilleries. He didn't show us much of interest either, except for the awesome trompe l'oeil mural. Both tours ended with a tasting, which is fun. Bottom line, it seems like you can expect different tour experiences almost every time you go, depending on which guide you get. Also, we had checked tour availability on their website ahead of time and it looked like they were all booked, but when we arrived, they said they had tours available. This happened on multiple days. If you're planning to buy bourbon, make sure to check out their product availability page for their daily offerings and get there early if you want to snag one of their rotating bottles.
Written 8 November 2023
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Dale B
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Friends
very good tour.did hard hat tour.informative.only about 14 people per tour so it was kinda personal.a nice drive there.lots of people even for a week day
Written 4 November 2023
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ASprigler
Floyds Knobs, IN18 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Our favorite tour we took on our trip! We had an awesome tour guide and was provided so much info, got to see various buildings and things in action. Super cool to see the barrels being rolled! Enjoyed the tasting ant the large shop too! 2 big thumbs up!
Written 30 October 2023
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Thomas McKay
Redmond, WA6 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
It’s jam packed right from first thing in the morning. You can wait 2 hours to get in. It’s a giant place but the tour is very restricted & you don’t see the process of actually making Bourbon. Not a still or mash room in sight. The very worst part is the shop. The check out line is at least 40 minutes. Unbelievable. Also they DO NOT SHIP ! Apparently Sate law in Kentucky prohibits shipping bourbon. Are you kidding! The home of the stuff & you can’t ship it. Tried stores in Louisville same thing. I’m Scottish we have hundreds of distilleries. Can you imagine the home of Scotch not shipping. It’s absurd. Or being in France & the don’t ship cognac or champagne! It totally absurd. Bottom line is it’s not worth visiting but somehow they queue for hours to see nothing but walk out with armfuls of bourbon.
Written 27 October 2023
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We're very sorry to see that your recent visit to the Distillery did not meet expectations. We appreciate the feedback and will certainly reference it as we look to continuously improve our experiences. If you would like to discuss your visit in any further detail, please reach out to Matt Higgins, our Guest Experience Director, at 502-696-5966 or mhiggins@buffalotrace.com.
Written 1 November 2023
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Hopjim
Bluffton, SC389 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Really enjoyed visiting Buffalo Trace. The only downside is that the facilities are so vast that the tours only cover a relatively small percentage of the bourbon process. Great conversation about what they do and how they do it but unlike most distilleries, you don't get to see it all. Gift shop was excellent, but we had over 100 people in line ahead of us so had to wait over 20 minutes to get in.
Written 25 October 2023
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