The history buffalo trace distillery was founded in 1869 by e. The distillery s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as e. Johnson is the third generation of his family to work at buffalo trace, where the motto is honor tradition, embrace change. The oldest continuing operating distillery, buffalo trace distributed bourbon for medicinal purposes during prohibition. Buffalo trace distillery is a fully operational distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a. The year 1992 saw the facilitys purchase by the sazerac company out of new orleans, and under their care, the distillery was listed on the national register of historic places. The buffalo trace distillery in kentucky has taken a more proactive approach, working over the past 10 years with the chicago rabbinical council on a line of purposebuilt kosher american whiskeys. Buffalo trace distillery the buffalo trace online gift shop. While renovating a storage space in 2016, the crew at buffalo trace came across a wonderfully preserved distillery from the preprohibition era called the ofc distillery. Join our mailing list to receive blog post updates, breaking news, special offers, and entry into our bourbon themed giveaways. Later, the earliest settlers used this path as a wagon trail into the frontier.
Buffalo trace distillery frankfort 2020 all you need. Buffalo trace distillery releases experimental wheat bourbon. The bottle is cut to an easydrinking 90 proof and, because its made alongside your staggs. Stagg distillery before becoming the buffalo trace distillery in 1992. The distillery is open from monday to saturday from 9 am to 4 pm and on sundays from 12 pm to 3 pm. We craft our bourbon brands with a goal of offering consumers the broadest choice of whiskey experiences. We did the basic tour because the hard hat tour was full. He sold the operation in 1870, and renamed it old fire copper o. One such trail led to the banks of the kentucky river where buffalo trace distillery has been making bourbon whiskey the same way for more than 200 years. In addition to buffalo trace kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, the distillery has a history of other finely crafted, awardwinning spirits, including blantons, w. May 11, 2020 buffalo trace distillery has been following the global spread of covid19. Learn about our rich heritage and awardwinning whiskies. Buffalo trace distillery wood barrel kentucky bourbon display stand bar man cave. Buffalo trace s namesake whiskey is the distillery s second mostaffordable bottle, behind benchmark, which makes the value all the more remarkable.
The land that is now buffalo trace park was deeded to the town of palmyra for the express purpose of using it as a park. In 2009, sazerac purchased the tom moore distillery. Stagg distillery in 1992 and became a member of the kentucky distillers association at that point. When sazerac renamed the distillery buffalo trace in 1999, they were one of the founding members of the bourbon trail as a tourist attraction. Bourbon geeks and archeology and history freaks now can visit the historic ruins of one of. Why is buffalo trace not part of the bourbon trail. Visiting the buffalo trace distillery this is my south. In kentucky, buffalo carved a pathway that was followed by americas early pioneers.
Another distillery with similar historical extent is burks distillery, now used for. Its passed through several ownership changes, the last being the sale to sazerac in 1999. Buffalo trace carving the trail to great bourbon is an incredible. A lot of bourbon tours are sanitized, taking place far from where production actually happens im looking at you, woodford reserve. Located on the banks of the kentucky river in frankfort, kentucky, the buffalo trace distillery has endured floods, fires and even prohibition in its 200year history to become one of the premier bourbon brands in the world, and in 20 was named a national landmark. Freddie johnson tells this to a small tour group from all over the country.
History of the btac every fall for the past 15 years buffalo trace distillery has pumped out some of the best bourbons and rye whiskies with their antique collection btac. The ofc distillery a taste of history at buffalo trace. Like so many others, it has been bought and sold many times over the decades, but sazerac has owned. During the buffalo trace bourbon tour, mozenter educated us about the companys storied history which dates back hundreds of years and survived prohibition. Old charter is a storied brand whose history goes back to the late 1800s. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that. Taylor a descendent of presidents madison and taylor. Visit buffalo trace distillery on your trip to frankfort. Buffalo traces new bourbon is the first of its kind. Want to visit the unearthed buffalo traces 1873 bourbon. Amaranth bourbon whiskey, available late july in limited quantities, is the first bourbon made with amaranth in the mashbill. New listing buffalo trace brown 10 x 12 leather note book holder new.
This parks name comes from the path that herds of buffalo once migrated across the area. Another kentucky bourbon thats making great inroads in the uk at the moment is the rather interestingly named buffalo trace. Stagg distillery was renamed buffalo trace in june 1999 and introduced its flagship bourbon, buffalo trace kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, in august 1999. Collectively, the antique collection has won over major 150 awards from almost every whiskey competition in the world. Buffalo trace straight bourbon the namesake brand for the distillery, also used for branding of an experimental collection, single oak.
Buffalo trace kentucky straight bourbon whiskey is the signature, namesake whiskey of buffalo trace distillery, and as such, it better taste good. Ok, so ive been a little out of the game since about 201120 or so. You will be captivated by the alluring smell and atmosphere of bourbon sleeping inside the aging warehouses. Buffalo trace distillery is a distillery located in frankfort, kentucky. Stagg who soon purchased additional land and begun expansions.
The old taylor celebration at buffalo trace distillery the filson. The buffalo trace distillery and its whiskeys have pulled in over 500 accolades, both national and international, and more than any other north american distillery since 1990. You will then walk amidst the path of rolling bourbon barrels. Weller most expressions, like it was bottled water. As a kentuckian, i take great pride in the various bourbon distilleries in this great state. Within these beautiful pages, one can take a pictorial walking tour of the oldest continuously operating distillery in america. It became the buffalo trace distillery during the summer of 1999, in order to honor an old buffalo trail that cut through the property in the 1700s. Still american family owned and located in franklin county, kentucky, the distillery s rich history includes such legendary distillers as e. The trace tour begins with an engaging video of the history of buffalo trace distillery. Freddie johnson, third generation distillery worker and tour guide extraordinaire at buffalo trace, is a reallife bourbon superhero. The only bottle available for purchase while we were there was blantons.
Apparently so called as it is distilled in what claims to be the longest continuously operating distillery in the usa which was originally on the. Buffalo trace distillery frankfort, kentucky landmark. Buffalo trace and weller owa 107 barrel pick, blantons bottling, bourbon pompeii, and more. Buffalo trace distillery frankfort all you need to know before. Whiskey market was booming and stagg built new warehouses. The hard hat tour takes you right into the heart of the factory, up on the. In fact, it is a national historic landmark for operating before, during, and after prohibition. Your driver will start by taking you to frankfort, kentucky which is the home of buffalo trace distillery. Christmas came extra early this year for bourbon history buffs at buffalo trace distillery.
Ancient buffalo carved paths through the wilderness that led american pioneers and explorers to new frontiers. A historic journey to buffalo trace distillery taylor, richard on. Within the past decade, buffalo trace has won more awards than any other distillery in the world, including an unmatched seven distillery of the year titles. Taylor small batch, singlebarrel, and barrel proof straight bourbon and rye. In tribute to the mighty buffalo and the rugged, independent spirit of the. The buffalo trace distillery is located outside of lexington, kentucky near the capital of frankfort at1 great buffalo trace, frankfort, ky 40601. If you book an advance tour, you are in for a treat. Buffalo trace distillery releases experimental wheat. Buffalo trace s historic lineage is like a whos who of bourbon. The tasting was a vodka, buffalo trace, eagle rare and bourbon creme. Bourbon aged four years, cut with water, aged eight more years. Buffalo trace distillery focuses tirelessly on producing great whiskies, which have garnered more than 1,000 awards over the years, distinguishing it as the worlds most awardwinning distillery. Well, like wild turkey 101, the company behind buffalo trace, or bt, pays a lot of attention to the production of its eponymous bourbon.
Buffalo trace distillery is an american familyowned company based in frankfort, franklin county, kentucky. Over 200 years of fine bourbon craftsmanship make buffalo trace the worlds most decorated distillery. Frankfort, franklin county, ky april 23, 2020 buffalo trace distillery is releasing its first experimental whiskey for 2020, a wheat recipe bourbon aged for four years, cut with water, then rebarreled and left to age for another. Buffalo trace is the oldest continuously operating distillery in america. You dont get a chance to see the distilling process but you get to see the storage warehouses and the bottling process. Tour the grounds with our interactive distillery map and live video. Buffalo trace distillery venue frankfort, ky weddingwire. Off the kentucky bourbon trail buffalo trace distillery abv. Each bourbon brand specifically belongs to one of our three distilleries, including many at the most highlydecorated distillery in the world buffalo trace distillery, where it is distilled, aged and bottled.
Freddie johnson, 3rd generation buffalo trace man the. This tour is filled with the history of bourbon, and the launching point for many popular and rare brands such as pappy van winkle and weller. Taylor is remembered as the last of a breed, a true bourbon aristocrat who was responsible for linking the classic and modern eras of bourbon making. For many, visiting the buffalo trace distillery is a historical trip through the history of american whiskey and bourbon. Buffalo trace releases three kosher whiskeys the new. For various reasons the bank closed its books by late 1857 and. The buffalo trace distillery is now the only producer using five recipes for whiskey products three rye recipe bourbons, one barley and one wheat. I had the pleasure of attending a party at the buffalo trace distillery on july 29th. Book of world records as the oldest operating bourbon distillery. This book traces the heritage of one of kentuckys most notable distill. Buffalo trace history master distiller series video 1 of.
The first distillery operation that can be continuously linked to buffalo trace, was started in 1812, by harrison blanton. What in the world happened to buffalo trace distillery. Off the kentucky bourbon trail buffalo trace distillery. Home to a long list of popular bourbons and whiskeys including e. Stagg in 1878 and remains an integral part of buffalo traces history. Thankfully, buffalo trace has embraced that history with one of their newer tours.
Its origins date back to 1773, and it has a 1792 building still standing on the grounds. Regardless, the buffalo trace distillery has operated under several different names over the past 200 years including the o. For its latest release, buffalo trace distillery went into the history books. Towards the end of 2016, a class action lawsuit was filed against buffalo trace and parent company sazerac for misrepresenting an old charter bourbon to consumers. The whiskey wash recently caught up with johnson to learn more about his familys history at the distillery. Then you will go inside the renowned blantons bottling hall where you will see. Buffalo trace carving the trail to great bourbon is an incredible photographic tribute by david toczko to one of kentuckys historic treasures.1266 1006 482 1020 152 979 781 1401 420 400 46 982 388 226 169 728 1146 690 654 458 943 812 249 769 1202 771 548 306 234 982 964 1359 306 686 879 336 458 1383 1420 281 4 613 784