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Buffalo Trace Distillery

About the Distillery

  • Located on an ancient buffalo crossing on the banks of the Kentucky River in Franklin County, Kentucky
  • Oldest continuously-operating distillery in the United States
  • Distilling started on the site that is now the Buffalo Trace Distillery in 1775 by Hancock Lee and his brother Willis Lee who died in 1776
  • During Prohibition, the distillery was allowed to remain operational, in order to make whiskey for “medicinal purposes”.
  • Purchased by Sazerac Company in 1992
  • Brands include: Blanton’s, Pappy Van Winkle, Buffalo Trace, Col. E. H. Taylor, Eagle Rare, Elmer T. Lee, Goerge T. Stagg, W. L. Weller, Thomas H. Handy, and others

Round 1: Benchmark Bourbon

  • Blanton’s Single Barrel
    • First ever Single Barrel Bourbon sold commercially
    • Aged for 9 years in Warehouse H at Buffalo Trace, which is metal cladded. The metal warehouse transfers heat quicker than brick warehouses, which allows for more rapid aging.

Round 2: E. H. Taylor, Jr. Collection

  • E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch
    • 100 proof, aged 7 years
  • E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel
    • 100 proof, aged 7 years
  • E.H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof
    • 129-134 proof, aged?

Round 3: The Antique Collection

  • Eagle Rare 17 Year-Old
    • 90 Proof
    • Aged 17 years in oak barrels
  • William Larue Weller
    • Uncut and unfiltered, this hand-bottled bourbon is barrel proof.
    • Substitutes wheat for the traditional rye grain
  • George T. Stagg
    • Aged in new charred oak barrels for no less than 15 years
    • Straight out of the barrel, uncut and unfiltered
    • Awarded the Chairman’s Trophy among Kentucky Straight Bourbons at the 2014 New York “Ultimate Spirits Challenge”, and in 2013 it won the Best North American Whiskey award at the World Whiskies Awards.
    • Food critic Morgan Murphy once wrote “If you want your guests’ eyes to pop out of their heads in a fit of bourbon ecstasy, this is your bourbon.”