BUFFALO TRACE

Kentucky Straight Bourbon

In tribute to the mighty buffalo and the rugged, independent spirit of the pioneers who followed them, we created our signature Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

More than just a spirit, more than just a whiskey, this Bourbon is a tribute to all that is uniquely American; a celebration of its rugged history, its fight for freedom and independence. Inside each bottle is the essence of courage, a sense of adventure, a quest for the unknown and a thirst for discovery. This proud legacy lives on as Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

THE HERITAGE

The area developed a thriving community, which quickly took advantage of the abundant limestone spring water and the perfect soil for growing grains of exceptional quality.

The McAfee brothers made the first survey of the crossing site and the surrounding area in 1773, and it wasn’t too long after this when, in 1775, brothers Hancock and Willis Lee established their camp along with a small company of men.

The area developed a thriving community, which quickly took advantage of the abundant limestone spring water and the perfect soil for growing grains of exceptional quality. Distillation soon followed and the Kentucky Bluegrass Region’s bourbon-making heritage was born.

Standing on the banks of the famous Kentucky River, the Buffalo Trace Distillery sits at the very point where the river was low enough for the buffalo to cross safely, enabling them to continue their ancient westerly migratory route. This 100 foot wide swath across the land became known as “The Great Buffalo Trace”.

This same migratory route was subsequently followed by influential explorers and legendary pioneers, including Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clark, and many others looking for new opportunities and a better way of life.

THE DEVELOPMENT

As technology developed, in 1857 the original; modern distillery we see today was born.

By 1886, under E.H. Taylor Jr, one of Kentucky’s original bourbon aristocrats, the distillery became the first to use a labyrinth of steam pipes to warm the warehouses in the winter, a major advancement in producing high quality bourbon. The steam piping was particularly effective between November and March as whiskey stops expanding into the barrel at 50 degrees Fahrenheit. By releasing steam into the pipes and raising the air temperature, the warehouse experienced more ageing cycles; some say that this is equivalent to two additional years of aging over an 8 year period.

During the Prohibition era, the distillery’s existence was spared by the allowance of a permit – one of only four issued in the country – to continue distillation for medicinal purposes. It is the oldest continuously operating distillery in America.

THE MODERN DISTILLERY

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.

The Buffalo Trace Distillery is now the only producer using five recipes for whiskey products – three rye recipe bourbons, one barley and one wheat. 

All the Bourbon is aged in ‘rick’ warehouses, constructed of massive wood beams and covered by a brick shell. This allows the Bourbon to naturally mature as the air is cooled and warmed by the changing seasons with the assistance of steam heating, creating a range of ‘microclimates’ in the warehouses. 

While all the whiskeys excel in quality, certain areas produce the finest bourbon. The fourth and fifth floors of Warehouse C and the fourth through to the sixth floors of Warehouses I and K produce the very best 8 to 12 year old whiskeys, and are reserved exclusively for making Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

In addition to Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon, the distillery has a history of producing many other finely crafted, award-winning whiskeys including Eagle Rare, W.L. Weller and of course The Antique Collection. 

American family-owned to this day, 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. It’s also been named Distillery of the Year an unmatched seven times and in 2013, added its most cherished distinction yet – National Historic Landmark.

WAREHOUSE X

“we are bound only by the ideas we have not thought of yet”

For more than 25 years, Buffalo Trace Distillery has been conducting whiskey experiments by exploring such variables as unique mash bills, barrel char levels and types of wood – we are bound only by the ideas we have not thought of yet.

Now we’re taking our “out of the barrel” thinking one step further with the construction of a one-of-a-kind experimental warehouse, called Warehouse X. Custom built with four distinct chambers, Warehouse X allows us to take our experimentation to the next level.

All of this is part of our quest to make the perfect bourbon, our search for the “Holy Grail.” One day industry experts will agree, but so far the perfect bourbon has yet to be made. So join us now as we go on our journey to discover it.