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Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort

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According to Guinness Book of World Records, Buffalo Trace Distillery represents the oldest operating bourbon distillery. In fact, it is a National Historic Landmark for operating before, during, and after Prohibition. Its origins date back to 1773, and it has a 1792 building still standing on the grounds. The site produces award-winning bourbons, as well as several rye whiskey labels and vodka. You can reserve a guided tour that focuses on the history of the site or take a behind-the-scenes tour. But you don't need reservations for the basic tour which takes you through the barrel-filled warehouses and the production line where bourbons are packed and sealed by hand. All tours are complementary. Ghost hunters believe that supernatural spirits can be found at the site; hear about it during the free ghost tour--with tasting included. Make Buffalo Trace Distillery a centerpiece of your Frankfort vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Frankfort vacation generator.
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  • This distillery is the fourth my husband and I have visited in Kentucky. We hope to eventually make it to all of them. Unfortunately my husband was not feeling up to walking in the heat that day so we...  more »
  • Really nice free tour & you will know a lot about Kentucky bourbon at the end. You even get to try some & candy made with bourbon. Tour takes an hour & well worth the time.  more »
  • We have been to Buffalo Trace several times and every time we are pleased with the experience. We have taken two different tours and did the tasting. Very friendly people and worth the visit. One othe...  more »
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  • Took the hourly free tour and it was amazing! The tour guide was enthusiastic and really knew his history. I would recommend doing the tours, I wish we had signed up for the 'hard hat" tour but we didn't know before we arrived. So definitely check out the various tours. The gift shop is decent, it has a lot of cool little nick knacks...I would recommend making sure you have space to bring stuff home.
  • Fantastic tour guide and absolutely beautiful wedding venue. The history of this place is incredible. The tasting was great! I highly, highly recommend the root beer mixed with the bourbon cream when you have the tasting.
  • Only go if you can make a reservation on the more intimate tour to actually see the process. They only give you a taste of the low end products and don't sell the good stuff in the gift shop. The buildings are cool though.
  • This is the best alcohol related tour I've ever been on. Much more informative than Jack Daniels. Free tasting is also a nice treat. The ground are beautiful and well kept. Your guides were friendly. You watch a short video, do a little Q&A then go for the tour. One of the highlights is going through the Blanton's bottling room. Highly recommend, very warm friendly people, great bourbon. Has a much more personal feel than larger operations.
  • Best bourbon, best tour. The history here is unique compared to others and the employees are very knowledgeable. It's just such an awesome place.