Experience A Tour For Every Taste

  • The Trace Tour

    The Trace Tour begins with an engaging video of the history of Buffalo Trace Distillery. You will then walk amidst the path of rolling bourbon barrels. You will be captivated by the alluring smell and atmosphere of bourbon sleeping inside the aging warehouses. Then you will go inside the renowned Blanton’s Bottling Hall where you will see signature bourbons being filled, sealed, labeled, and packaged—all by hand. 

    All tours are complimentary and include a tasting of some of our award-winning products.

    All visitors are welcome to walk in and there is no need to make a reservation unless you have a group of 25 or more. Please contact reservations@buffalotrace.com for booking large group tours. 

    Families of all ages welcome.

     

    DURATION: 1 hour

    Mon-Sat: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Sun: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

    The Trace Tour leaves every hour, on the hour or more frequently as needed.

    Due to limited quantities of our whiskies, we only offer a few brands for tasting and purchasing in our Visitor Center. Click here for more information. 

  • Hard Hat Tour

    An insider’s look into the behind-the-scenes work that goes into crafting truly great bourbon. You’ll witness everything from grain delivery to the cooking process to fermentation and, of course, distillation. The tour includes a stop at the E.H. Taylor, Jr. Microstill, where the Distillery’s unique and award-winning Experimental Collection whiskies are made.

    Tour route includes stairs and there is a lot of walking involved. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended.

    All tours are complimentary and include a tasting of some of our award-winning products.

    Space on the tour is limited. Reservations are required. 

    DURATION: 1 hour

    Mon-Fri: 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
    Sat: 10:30 a.m.

    Reservations required
    Click here to request a reservation for a Hard Hat Tour

    Due to limited quantities of our whiskies, we only offer a few brands for tasting and purchasing in our Visitor Center. Click here for more information. 

  • National Historic Landmark Tour

    Learn why we are described “as a rare, intact example of a distillery operating before, during, and after Prohibition” on this educational and informative tour that focuses on the buildings, architecture, and history in the years between 1933-1953, which is the period of significance on which our National Historic Landmark distinction is based.

    All tours are complimentary and include a tasting of some of our award-winning products.

    Space on the tour is limited. Reservations are required. 

    DURATION: 1 hour

    Mon-Fri: 11:30 a.m.

    Reservations required
    Click here to request a reservation for a National Historic Landmark Tour

    Due to limited quantities of our whiskies, we only offer a few brands for tasting and purchasing in our Visitor Center. Click here for more information. 

  • Bourbon Barrel Tour

    Move alongside our barrels during their journey throughout the Distillery. Learn about the specifications and history of our barrels, the different ways they age, and what happens to them when they can no longer be used for bourbon. Finish it all off where they finish, in our dump room.

    All tours are complimentary and include a tasting of some of our award-winning products.

    Space on the tour is limited. Reservations are required. 

    DURATION: 1 hour

    Mon-Fri: 9:30 a.m.

    Reservations Required
    Click here to request a reservation for a Bourbon Barrel Tour

    Due to limited quantities of our whiskies, we only offer a few brands for tasting and purchasing in our Visitor Center. Click here for more information. 

  • Ghost Tour

    According to lore, there are more spirits residing at the Distillery than those aging in the warehouses. Featured on the popular TV show “Ghost Hunters,®” Buffalo Trace Distillery has long been rumored to have visits from the supernatural, most notably the ghost of Col. Blanton. Hear the legendary stories and get a look into the more haunted sites, including the rarely visited Stony Point Mansion where Col. Blanton died in 1959.

    All tours are complimentary and include a tasting of some of our award-winning products.

    Space on the tour is limited. Reservations are required. 

    DURATION: 1 hour

    Thurs-Sat: 7 p.m.

    Reservations required
    Click here to request a reservation for a Ghost Tour

    Due to limited quantities of our whiskies, we only offer a few brands for tasting and purchasing in our Visitor Center. Click here for more information. 

  • E.H. Taylor Tour

    Bourbon PompeiiTM

    Take a walk through bourbon history alongside E.H. Taylor Jr., the man who revolutionized the industry. From the Old Taylor House, to the OFC Building, and finally to Warehouse C, you will see both the remnants and still-standing structures of what Taylor built, learn about his desire for perfection and purity in the bourbon making processes, and how he helped craft the industry as it is today.

    Tour route includes stairs and there is a lot of walking involved. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended.

    All tours are complimentary and include a tasting of some of our award-winning products.

    DURATION: 1 hour

    Mon-Fri: 2:30 p.m.

    Reservations required
    Click here to request a reservation for the E.H. Taylor Tour.

    Due to limited quantities of our whiskies, we only offer a few brands for tasting and purchasing in our Visitor Center. Click here for more information. 

  • From Lexington

    Take I-64 West toward Louisville. Get off at Exit 58 and turn right off of the exit ramp onto US-60 West. Go straight for 5 miles and do not make any turns. This road becomes 421-North/and US 127 South and Wilkinson Blvd. The entrance to Buffalo Trace Distillery will be on your right. Look for our green plank fence and turn right through the big stone gates onto Great Buffalo Trace.

    Travel Time: 30 minutes

  • From Louisville

    Take I-64 East towards Frankfort. Get off interstate at Exit #53B/US 127 North. Go North on US 127 North for 5 miles. Turn Left onto 421 SOUTH (still 127 North/ also Wilkinson Blvd) directly after you cross the Kentucky River and see the Capital Plaza Hotel directly in front of you. *NOTE: Do not turn left until you have completely crossed over the entire bridge. Ensure you do not turn onto 421 NORTH which is directly before you cross the Kentucky River. The Buffalo Trace Distillery will be on the left in one mile. Look for our green plank fence and turn left through the big stone gates onto Great Buffalo Trace.

    Travel Time: 60 minutes

  • From Cincinnati

    Take I-75 South to I-64 West. Take I-64 West toward Louisville. Get off at Exit 58 and turn right off of the exit ramp onto US-60 West. Go straight for 5 miles and do not make any turns. This road becomes 421-North/and US 127 South and Wilkinson Blvd. The entrance to Buffalo Trace Distillery will be on your right. Look for our green plank fence and turn right through the big stone gates onto Great Buffalo Trace.

    Travel Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

  • From Nashville

    Take I-65 North towards Louisville. Take Exit 93 for Martha Layne Collins/ Bluegrass Parkway towards Bardstown/Lexington. Merge onto Martha Layne Collins/ Bluegrass Parkway. Take Exit 59B to merge into 127 N toward Lawrenceburg/Frankfort. Turn Left onto 421 SOUTH (still 127 North/ also Wilkinson Blvd) directly after you cross the Kentucky River and see the Capital Plaza Hotel directly in front of you. *NOTE: Do not turn left until you have completely crossed over the entire bridge. Ensure you do not turn onto 421 NORTH which is directly before you cross the Kentucky River. The Buffalo Trace Distillery will be on the left in one mile. Look for our green plank fence and turn left through the big stone gates onto Great Buffalo Trace.

    Travel Time: 3 hours 45 minutes

  • Buffalo Trace Distillery Tours

    Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Sunday: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

    The Trace Tour leaves every hour, on the hour or more frequently as needed.

    Buffalo Trace Distillery is closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

     

  • Gift Shop Hours

    Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Visit our Online Gift Shop

  • Firehouse Sandwich Stop Information

    Enjoy a delicious lunch at our Firehouse Sandwich Stop, located just a short walk away from the Visitor's Center at Buffalo Trace Distillery. The Sandwich Stop opened in the summer of 2010 and is inside of the original distillery firehouse, built in the 1930's. See authentic fire coats and boots once worn by distillery workers in the 50's and 60's when the Firehouse was in full swing at the Distillery and take your picture next to the 1964 Ford fire truck! We are able to take preorders for groups of 10 to prepare box lunches.  Click here to order boxed lunches.

    We are happy to partner with Staxx BBQ to operate the Firehouse Sandwich Stop!

    *Only outdoor seating under an awning is available at the Firehouse Sandwich Stop.
    *Guests are asked to park in our regular visitor parking area when visiting the Firehouse Sandwich Stop.

    Contact the Firehouse Sandwich Stop
    (502) 783-5673
    giftshop@buffalotrace.com

     

    Open April - Oct.
    Tuesday-Saturday: 11am-2pm

    Closed Sunday & Monday

    Closed May 5th & July 4th, 2018

  • Do I need a reservation to take a tour?

    The Trace Tour is available to all walk in visitors and does not require a reservation unless you have a group of 25 or more. The Hard Hat Tour, Post Prohibition Tour, and Ghost Tour require reservations.

  • How much do the tours cost?

    All of our tours are complimentary including tours for large groups or tours that require reservations.

  • What is your address?

    Buffalo Trace Distillery
    113 Great Buffalo Trace
    Frankfort, KY 40601

    Note: Please do not use a GPS system to find us. Many of them do not give correct directions. 

  • How do I get there?

    Click here for Google Map directions

  • What age is allowed on the tour?

    The Trace Tour and Ghost Tour are open to visitors of all ages. 

    The Hard Hat Tour, National Landmark Tour and Bourbon Barrel Tour are open to guests that are 12 years of age and older.

  • Is the distillery ADA accessible?

    The Visitor's Center and Gift Shop is ADA accessible. The Trace Tour is ADA accessible as well.

  • Where can I park?

    There is a large parking lot on our grounds for comfortable, complimentary parking.

  • Is there RV and/or camper parking?

    There are areas for parking RVs, large vehicles, and campers on the grounds.

  • What if I do not have time to take a tour? Can I just do a tasting or browse the Gift Shop?

    Yes! Visitors can stop in during our regular hours and experience a tasting of our products or just browse the Gift Shop.

  • What products do you have available to taste?

    Due to our unique liquor license, we are able to allow limited products for tasting. We can offer 2 tastings of ½ ounce each per visitor per day.

    We are not permitted by law to charge for tastings.

    We offer the following items for sample after the conclusion of our tours: Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, White Dog, Wheatley Vodka, Buffalo Trace Cream, Root Beer and Bourbon Balls.

  • What spirits do you have available to purchase at the Gift Shop?

    Due to our limited liquor license, the following spirits are available for purchase:

    Buffalo Trace Bourbon
    Eagle Rare Bourbon
    White Dog Mash #1
    Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream
    Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon
    Wheatley Vodka

  • Buffalo Trace Distillery Online Gift Shop

    The place to get anything and everything Buffalo Trace. Find perfect gifts for any bourbon lover or just treat yourself to exclusive merchandise. From clothing and signature food items, to glassware and candles — and pretty much everything in between. In fact, just about the only Buffalo Trace item you can't order from the online gift shop is the bourbon itself.

    Click here to visit our Online Gift Shop.

  • Overnight Accommodations

    For out-of-town guests or business associates, overnight accommodations are available at several nearby hotels. Click here for local maps and information for Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville.

  • Questions about visiting the Buffalo Trace Distillery?

    Call 800-654-8471 or 502-696-5926 or email giftshop@buffalotrace.com

  • Tasting & Purchasing at Buffalo Trace

    Buffalo Trace Distillery crafts some of the finest whiskies in the world. Many of these are highly sought after and extremely popular. We understand that you may wish to purchase some of these offerings, such as Pappy Van Winkle and the Antique Collection; however, these are not available at the Distillery. 

    In deference to our retail partners and our whiskey shortages, we limit the number of products we taste and sell in the Visitor Center. To find out where in your area these may be available, click here to contact our Consumer Affairs Team.

    The following products are available for tasting at the end of our tours: Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Eagle Rare Bourbon, Wheatley Vodka, White Dog and Bourbon Cream.

    In addition to these products we offer a limited supply of Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon and EH Taylor Small Batch Bourbon for purchase in the Gift Shop. There is potential for any of our Bourbons to be out of stock periodically. Please click here for additional information on the whiskey shortage from the Distillery. If you are traveling to the Distillery to purchase a specific product, please call ahead, 800-654-8471, to verify availability.  

     

    Tasting Notes 

    Buffalo Trace Bourbon: This deep amber whiskey has a complex aroma of vanilla, mint and molasses. Pleasantly sweet to the taste with notes of brown sugar and spice that give way to oak,  toffee, dark fruit and anise. This whiskey finishes long and smooth with serious depth.

    Eagle Rare Bourbon: The nose is complex, with aromas of toffee, hints of orange peel, herbs, honey, leather and oak. The taste is bold, dry and delicate with notes of candied almonds and very rich cocoa. The finish is dry and lingering.

    Wheatley Vodka: Pure and crisp on the nose. The fresh and clean taste finishes with hint of soft vanilla. This is the way vodka should taste.

    White Dog: Sweet aroma, with a slight burn. The corn coats the tongue with oil and vanilla.

    Bourbon Cream: This liqueur is rich and sweet. The smooth taste of Buffalo Trace Bourbon compliments the creamy vanilla flavor.