The bottles of Blanton's on the assembly line I will actually expound upon in a little bit (geez, be patient). The barrel rails are all pretty standard in bourbon distilleries; just note that some are on rails and some aren't, and this is because they are all gravity-fed, so the least amount of effort is required to roll them. On grounds as large as the Buffalo Trace Distillery, this is essential.
The gazebo that you see is one of the older structures on the property, and the best that my memory serves me is that it's used to events, up to and including weddings, and summer weddings are booked there a couple years in advance if I can remember. It really is a gorgeous property, so this shouldn't be that surprising, and the smell of the fermenting and barreling process (not to mention the Angels' Share evaporating from the aging barrels) is strong but very pleasant and natural, which only adds to this unique setting.
Finally the bottom-left photo is their 6 millionth barrel; they will take it out, use it, and replace it with each new x-millionth, so if you hurry up and drink some Buffalo Trace bourbon they'll put in their 7th million!
I believe Diversity is an old, old, wooden ship used in the Civil War era.... "Ron, I doubt the network would be concerned about our lack of an old, old wooden ship..."
Okay, actually, according the http://www.greatbourbon.com/, Buffalo Trace distills 17 different bourbons, so I won't delve into each one, but I will visit some of the better known ones.
Here you see the flagship bourbon, began in 1999. The distillery has been around much longer, and was previously known as the George T. Stagg distillery and O. F. C. Distillery (Old Fire Copper, referring to their copper stills!). The Name Buffalo Trace comes from the history of the site, which is on a particular spot on the Kentucky River that great buffalo herds would use to cross because of its favorable location along their routes out west; a "trace" is the name of the paths that buffalo would trample over great migration patterns. It's a great whiskey which celebrates some of the rich history of Kentucky!
This is Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, a very premium bourbon. It is aged around 20 years (there are a couple of varieties, each aged a different time). Due to the interesting timeline (go back 20 years from 2013) and you come to a point in Kentucky's (and the country's) history where people didn't like to drink bourbon much. Because of this, and the obvious intention of making this specialty bourbon, there are so few bottles right now! It's in that high of demand! According to the Washington Post, bottles will cost around $350 a piece (for 23-year) and some liquor stores even have a 5-year wait list! This might be the most sought-after bourbon in the country.
Here you see Blanton's Bourbon, another very good, top-shelf bourbon distilled at Buffalo Trace Distillery. These are also the bottles you see above in the gallery where they are actively bottling the bourbon. Several interesting points here: the bottles in the photo I took above were going on a palette to ship to Japan, where they will cost around $300 per bottle, where in Kentucky they cost around $35 if I recall. The tops of the bottles are horses in different positions during a horse race, and there is a letter that each one represents (one for each letter in B-L-A-N-T-O-N-S). The distillery even sells barrel slats that have small round holes cut to display your collection (creative types could even try to make their own display!).
This was a great tour and I highly recommend not only the tour but to try each of the 17 varieties of bourbon that come from Buffalo Trace!