With 110 acres and 110 offices, production and warehouse structures, Buffalo Trace Distillery is fully equipped to complete the production of Buffalo Trace Bourbon whiskeys.
The first modern distillery was built at the site in 1857. It was the use of steam power a major advance in producing high quality Bourbon. The site was eventually purchased by E. H. Taylor Jr., one of Kentucky's original Bourbon aristocrats. Astute and innovative, Taylor brought advancements to the distillery as well as to the entire whiskey industry. By 1886, the distillery had introduced the nation's first climate-controlled warehousing for aging whiskey and had earned a worldwide reputation for producing America's finest Bourbon.
During the prohibition era, the distillery's existence was spared by a special permit one of only four issued to continue distillation for medical purposes. After prohibition was repealed, Col. Albert Blanton took over the operation of the distillery and added many quality control enhancements. An innovator in his own right, Blanton enjoyed producing single-barrel bourbon for himself and his friends. This tradition was honored in 1984 when the distillery became the first to commercially market a single-barrel bourbon.
A few years later, the distillery became the first to use reverse osmosis in the filtration process for the production of Bourbon whiskey. Today Buffalo Trace Distillery is the only distillery using five recipes for whiskey products two rye, one barley, one pure rye and one wheat and is the only Kentucky distillery that produces vodka (which is the only vodka produced from organically grown grain.) Buffalo Trace Distillery also has the broadest range (four to 20 years) of aged whiskey of any U.S. distillery.
The process begins with Kentucky and Indiana corn, selected rye and barley malt, fresh limestone spring water and several phases of cooking, fermenting and distilling.
In the last 10 years alone, Buffalo Trace distillery have earned more than 40 top distinctions in national and international competitions.
Buffalo Trace Distillery Tour
1001 Wilkinson Boulevard, Frankin County, Kentucky 40601
Distillery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 3 PM, Saturday from 10AM - 2PM year-round and closed on holidays. Other times may be arranged by appointment.
From I-64 East, take exit 53B to US-127 North. Follow US-127 North to US-421 South (Wilkinson Boulevard); turn left onto US-421 South. Distillery is about 1.25 miles on left. From I-64 West, Take exit 58 to US-60 West to 421-North and follow to distillery.
Individuals and groups are welcome to a complimentary guided tour during the distillery's visitor hours. Reservations are required only for groups of 25 or more. The facility is handicapped accessible with a special tour provided for the physically challenged visitors upon request. Visitors are welcome to enjoy lunch in the Clubhouse cafeteria Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 1 PM. The Clubhouse also houses a Reception Hall that is available for private meetings and parties.