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
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Jacquelinecay
    Newburgh, Indiana96 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not worth the money
    We did the Old Taylor tour that is paired with the Kentucky River Boat tours. I learned more on our boat tour, than I did on our actual tour. I’m not sure if it’s because there is just so much history to get into. But we’ve been to other tours that they’ve been able to condense the knowledge down into the one hour time frame. Also I felt like we didn’t really see anything. It was a very disappointing tour and felt like we wasted a lot of our time. You could easily just go to the gift shop and move on with your day. The tour isn’t worth the cost IMO. We did enjoy our tasting. But again it was just put out for us to drink, we weren’t really guided on it. Other tours for other distilleries they’ve been great, about it and knowledgeable.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 22, 2023
  • David B
    43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top rated free tour
    This is a must if you visit Central Ky. America’s oldest operating distillery offers free tours you won’t want to miss. If you don’t book ahead there are still good chances of getting the tour. They have cancellations. Get there at 9;00 AM if you want to take advantage of it.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Jenni R
    Louisville, Kentucky119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience - couples day
    Really fun experience with my husband, will be back to do another tour. We did the trace tour and were able to get the exclusive bourbon for the day Eagle Rare. Will try to go again when they have the EH Taylor. Tour guide was long winded but she was great.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Bonnie S
    Auburndale, Florida12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bourbon Tasting!
    This was a walking tour followed by a tasting. It was extremely informative. I just wish that the tour guide would have waiting until the entire group was together before he shared information. We bought Eagle Rare before the tour ~ good thing we did, as it was sold out when we returned. We bought two bottles and are now in "bourbon jail" for 90 days!!!! The tasting was good. I loved the Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream combined with Freddy's Root Beer ~ hope it tastes as good with store-bought root beer!!!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Bill S
    Greensboro, North Carolina283 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Bourbon
    We visited this Historic Distillery and found it very interesting. The tour guide was very good, Knowledgeable, entertaining, and Informative. The Bourbon is very Good. the Store has many items including the Bourbon, they limited liquor purchases to one bottle per type per person. Highly recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 4, 2023
  • SingaporeSids
    Troy, Michigan204 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The hard hat tour was awesome!
    Buffalo Trace was top of my list and had a note in my calendar to book as soon as our date opened up. I was so bummed when all the you companies and/or boys filled the spaces right out of the chute. I put my name on the waitlist and got the exact tour we wanted, so all good. The hard hat your (you don’t actually wear a hard hat) is 90 minutes long and the best distillery tour I’ve taken. Our guy Fred was THE BEST! I was surprised that for a free tour we still did a tasting at the end. It was smart on their part because two of the items I don’t think of when I think of Buffalo Trace, we ended up buying in the gift shop. What a great experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Ed D
    Peachtree City, Georgia666 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you’re a bourbon drinker, this tour is for you.
    Reservations are required and fill up fast. Our itinerary during this vacation was not set in stone, so we did not know the date or time we’d get to the distillery. My wife and I walked into the visitor center, and I asked if they had any cancellations for the Buffalo Trace Distillery Tour that day. We were given wristbands for the next tour. Our tour guide was informative and humorous. The tour ended with tasting several products distilled there, including Wheatley Vodka, Buffalo Trace, Blanton, and Bourbon Cream. Then, we were escorted to the store. Blanton was available only to those taking the tour and was not displayed in the store. Buffalo Trace was limited to one bottle per person. If you’re a bourbon drinker, I highly recommend this tour (my wife doesn’t drink bourbon, and she enjoyed the tour as well).
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • riverhouse103
    Tampa, Florida307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buffalo Trace is a must on any bourbon drinkers bucket list.
    I was in Louisville for business and had half a day free. We decided to run over to Buffalo Trace. If you’re a bourbon fan I don’t have to tell you the fabled brands they have. It was an easy hour ride from Louisville. We took a tour. David the tour guide was very entertaining. There was a tasting at the end and then we hit the gift shop. The merch available is beyond what you can imagine. It was incredible. I highly recommend this trip to anyone.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written October 1, 2023
  • TDDunk64
    Indiana224 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our tour hostess was great
    We enjoyed our tour guide and would have enjoyed it more had our tour planner made sure we arrived on time. We missed a good deal of the discussion on the history of Buffalo trace and the Captain. Our tour guide, Mary was great. She was patient, engaging and entertaining while giving us the spiel at each building. I'm not a Bourbon enthusiast but did enjoy the educational part and having Bourbon Cream at the end. One of my new favorites. Can't wait to try putting it in a cake and my home made chocolates at Christmas. This tour has quite a bit more walking then some of the other distilleries so wear comfy shoes.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Tammy G
    Gulf Breeze, Florida29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic!
    What an amazing experience! Loved our tour. Loved our guide, Rae Rae! The bourbon cream and root beer were delicious together. Bought a lot of things in the gift shop. We can’t wait to come back for a another visit!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 12, 2023
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Kerry U
Greenfield, IN6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The tour is mostly outside seeing buildings. The tour guide was knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. The tour may be different without COVID restrictions. As you walk in to the grounds, you are herded like cattle and temp checked. The lady directing everyone was extremely rude, I understand she is doing her job but treating people rude at the beginning sets the expectation of the tour. The tasting was vodka, buffalo trace, eagle rare, cream bourbon and root beer. The tour ends in the gift shop, you could only buy a few choices; basically the same things from tasting. I asked 2 associates if they had Blanton and was told they were out, but, as I checked out, I saw on floor behind counter. I was able to buy a bottle but you do get put on list that you can only buy one bottle every three months.
Written July 19, 2020
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Kerry - thanks for taking the time to let us know about your visit. We're very sorry for the interaction you had upon arrival. We certainly do not expect that from our team and will be following up. We appreciate your patience as we adapt to our new operations and make needed adjustments. We will use your feedback to make improvements. If you'd like to discuss further, please reach out to our Visitor Service GM, Matt Higgins at 502-696-5966 or mhiggins@buffalotrace.com.
Written July 23, 2020
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20years
Johnson City, TN6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
A gift from the kids for Christmas, dinner and a tour at Buffalo Trace proved not only enjoyable but now on our list of recommendations to family and friends
As appreciators of bourbon we thoroughly enjoyed the tour with our host Fred. Especially fun was watching bourbon being bottled and hand-labeled
The dinner was a delightful and delicious experience with award-winning Chef Kelsey Bernard Clark. Her insightful pairing of short ribs with citrusy butter beans highlighted the entree.— perfect fare for a dismal winter night with the selection of bourbons for our tasting adventure
A shout out to Doug Smith’s floral creations gracing the tables and the program familiarizing us with the wit and wisdom of Elmer T. Lee
Staff was very friendly and gracious too!
Written January 25, 2020
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B D
Tucson, AZ416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Book Early. A variety of tours are offered and they fill up well in advance. All Tours are Free and conclude with a tasting (only one tasting per day is allowed despite the number of tours you take). We took The Barrel tour and Trace tour and would choose the Trace Tour over the Barrel Tour. Our tastings included Vodka, 2 Bourbons, Bourbon Cream and Root Beer. We were lucky enough to be there on the day Blanton’s was available so we got to purchase 1 bottle per person in the Gift Shop. Buffalo Trace distillery has beautiful grounds and the tours are full of information. I definitely recommend putting this distillery on your list of to visit when on the Bourbon Trail.
Written August 22, 2020
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31HomeGames
Charlotte, NC1,460 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Buffalo Trace was one of our favorite experiences along the Bourbon Trail of 8 visited to date, and the best value. Some advance planning can make for a smooth visit.

Buffalo Trace is the only distillery we’ve visited that does not charge for tours and tastings. A great value. They take reservations the first Tuesday of the month for tours the following month. But go to the website early on that first Tuesday because tour slots fill up fast.

Buffalo Trace typically sells bottles of Buffalo Trace and one of their exclusive whiskeys in the gift shop while supplies each day. The exclusive whiskeys usually sell out before end of day. We booked a tour in the 10:30 time slot so that we could buy a couple bottles when the gift shop opened at 10:00. Success!

The tour itself was informative and enjoyable, learning about the history, products and processes of Buffalo Trace. Fun fact: a Buffalo Trace is a path worn down by buffalo. The grounds are lovely, with numerous very old brick buildings. We went in a few buildings including the barrel house where the wonderful aroma of the angels share filled the air.
Written April 10, 2022
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Jennifer G
Evansville, IN15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I went with a friend in August and had been there in June and early March for tours and tastings. I also went down twice for curb service from March to June. First I want to commend the facility and the employees that do an outstanding job of keeping everyone safe while still trying to provide services to everyone. We have been down for a tasting and tour since they expanded the visitor center and gift shop. The new areas are great.
We did one of the architectural tours based on E. H. Taylor in early August and even with the masks, heat, and small group the tour was very interesting. I have been to many of the basic distillery tours and you learn something new every time, but this was so educating that I am definitely going back to to the others. The guide had a voice amplifier and was easy to hear, even though some parts of the tour are noisy, for good reasons.
Their products are fabulous. Trace is go-to bourbon for me,but I love the caramel sauce and marinade.
Written August 30, 2020
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Karen Y
Pemberville, OH201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
When you first get here you are required to register and show you id. We didn’t do the your because it’s an 1.25 but while in the visitors center we were able to schedule a FREE 15 minute tasting. This is a bigger distillery so a map at registration would be nice but there was plenty of staff around to ask. We grabbed a sandwich at the restaurant (which is directly under the water tower) but it was 1:15 and they were out of all sides & pulled pork & chicken. We were a little disappointed but the tasting wax the redemption. The guide was great and gave us ad much history & bourbon knowledge as possible. Don’t worry if you don’t have a reservation ahead they have seven tasting rooms & can get a lot of people through in one day. Also disappointing was you couldn’t buy most of the tasting bourbons because they were out of stock.
Written June 19, 2022
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Rosemary R
Flint, MI35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
History never smelled so good or tasted so yummy. We were able to book the trace tour and hear about the history of Buffalo Trace, saw the barrel inspection, and the one of the rickhouses. The tour also comes with a tasting (samples change depending on what's available). Who knew mixing the bourbon cream with the root beer made for one amazing adult root beer float. Gift shop is huge!

Tours are still limited due to covid so book well in advance. Temperature checks are taken and masks must be worn on the grounds.
Written April 5, 2021
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Terri G
Houston, TX400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
I booked this for my husband and adult children on our recent visit to KY as they love bourbon and they are always in search of Blantons. I didn’t expect to enjoy it but we all loved it.

We were lucky enough to get the famous Freddie as our tour guide. Freddie’s father and grandfather both worked at the distillery. He was as good as others said in their reviews. He is an excellent storyteller and knows the distillery and the history extremely well.

The Trace tour was very interesting and based on what Freddie said, this company really takes care of their employees. The research that the distillery is doing is fascinating and I can’t wait to see the findings over the years.

After the tour, was a wonderful tasting. Freddie did a great job explaining the best ways to taste bourbons. While I’m still not converted from a wine drinker, I am sure I could enjoy a bourbon drink now and then.

We tasted their vodka, buffalo trace, eagle rare, their bourbon creme and Freddie’s own root beer which donates part of the proceeds to a nearby African American cemetery to help bury the poor.

For those of you dying to purchase a bottle of Blantons, they do sell them at their store every third day. They sell EH Taylor and one other (can’t remember) on the other days. They only have them behind the counter in the store and they only sell a specific amount. We took the 12:30 tour and were able to buy Blantons after the tour. One bottle per person. My family was super excited!
Written September 13, 2020
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Scott C
Syracuse, NY600 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
This is a huge operation that makes some of the most beloved Bourbons in the world. (Blantons, Eagle Rare, Weller, Buffalo Trace, Stagg) You want to plan a couple of hours to spend near as there was so much to see. Tours are best arranged 3 weeks or more in advance. The gift shop is amazing, and several days a week they will sell one of their brands at deep discounts. The day we were there, they were selling Eagle Rare for $50 a bottle, so there was a 30-minute wait to get into the store.
Written November 9, 2021
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Spiegs1968
Mechanicsburg, PA709 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is really a great spot- even if you don’t like Bourbon the buildings are historic and on the national Register. Really friendly tour that gets you into a barrel house and a hand bottling facility. Nice gift shop where you can score EH Taylor if you are lucky and Blantons if you are really lucky (there is often a line, before opening, on Blantons day. If you want to see the manufacturing process, you will need to book a hard hat tour, in advance, and they only have 1-2 per day. Highly recommended visit and FREE to include tasting.
Written February 20, 2020
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