A few weeks ago, my beau and I had the opportunity to tour the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort. You may not hear quite as much about Buffalo Trace as you do some of the other distilleries, as they have chosen to remain independent of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, ensuring that all tours will remain free to the public. Don't let that marketing/ tourism designation keep you away; this is an absolutely beautiful distillery that you don't want to miss!
The distillery grounds are simply beautiful. Talk about garden goals!
The distillery site now known as Buffalo Trace dates back to the early 19th century. In 1870, Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr., purchased the distillery, where he produced a label called O.F.C., "Old Fire Copper" bourbon. Over the years, the distillery switched ownership and production several times. It was known as George T. Stagg Distillery after 1904, employed famed bourbon distiller Elmer T. Lee for nearly 40 years, and produced the world's first single barrel bourbon, Blanton's, in 1984.
There are several different tours you can take at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, ranging from historical landmarks to bourbon barrels to ghost hunting. We opted for the hard hat tour, which delves most into the actual bourbon production. It was fascinating and fun, but be warned that it involves a lot of walking and heights!
I highly recommend Buffalo Trace for a fun day of bourbon knowledge! If you go, be sure to pick up a bottle of Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream in the gift shop!