Buffalo Trace Distillery
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Tour, Taste, and Most Importantly, Take a Deep Breath
Buffalo Trace offers a distillery tour that winds through various old buildings, including one stacked high with aging bourbon barrels and another (shown) filled with bottling equipment. The grounds are scenic and good for a walk or a seat on the porch. Probably my favorite part about this and any distillery is the lovely smell of the warehouse. So stop and just breathe for a few minutes. The folks on this tour were entertaining and prone to witty banter. This particular day the distillery was holding its annual Easter egg hunt on the lawn. Giant inflatables were all over--a duck here, a rabbit there--and kids were running about. This proved bit of a juxtaposition but sure made it memorable. As for what you're seeing in the photo, Blanton's corks (eight different types) spell B L A N T O N' S and have a different horse/rider position on each, so when they're all lined up, you can see the horse in the various stages of his gallop. You'll get to taste several types of bourbon, including their cream liqueur that they combine with their home-brewed root beer for a bit of a float. When you're done at the distillery, go into downtown historic Frankfort and have lunch or dinner at Serafini. The setting is classy, the menu boasts an impressive list of entrees, and (cue applause and big smile), the chef offers an extensive gluten-free menu. I recommend the shrimp and grits. Sit facing a window so you can see the old Capitol steps across the street.
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