PURCHASING & TASTING

Purchasing at Buffalo Trace Distillery

Our license allows us to sell a portion of our award-winning bourbon portfolio in the Distillery Gift Shop including Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor Jr. Small Batch, Blanton’s Single Barrel, and W.L. Weller Special Reserve. Our Gift Shop is treated as a retail store and as such has to buy products from our distributor, not directly from our own production supply. This means we experience shortages and limited availability the same as traditional retail outlets.

Even though we are in the middle of a $1.2 billion expansion, our supply is constantly short of demand in the Gift Shop and we have to ration supplies based on production availability.  With the exception of Buffalo Trace, we limit the other brands to one per visitor, every three calendar months, in an effort to reach as many visitors as possible.  It is likely that we will sell through a day’s ration/allocation by the end of the day.  Due to the aforementioned products being in short supply, some brands may not be available every day in our Gift Shop, just as you see with our partner retailers.  

If you are making a trip to the Distillery to purchase a specific product, please check (giftshop@buffalotrace.com or (800) 654-8471) to see if it is available that day, and note, that although it may be available when we open, it is not guaranteed to be in stock when you arrive as it is made available to visitors as they arrive at the Distillery and we are not able to pre-sell or hold these products. 

Tasting at Buffalo Trace Distillery

The following products are available for tasting as part of our “Taste of the Trace” experience and at the end of our tours: Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Eagle Rare Bourbon, Wheatley Vodka, Freddie’s Root Beer, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream, and Rebecca Ruth bourbon balls.

Buffalo Trace Distillery crafts some of the finest whiskies in the world.  Many of these are highly sought after and extremely popular.  Some of them are exceptionally hard to find.  We understand that you may wish to taste some of these offerings, such as Pappy Van Winkle, Weller, the Antique Collection; and other limited releases while visiting the Distillery.  Unfortunately, these are not available in our Visitor Center and Gift Shop for either tasting or purchasing.

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 our products may be available, contact our Consumer Affairs Team.