buffalo trace distillery brands
Wheatley Vodka is made at Buffalo Trace Distillery, the world's oldest continually-operated distillery and most-decorated. No distillery has earned more domestic and international accolades than Buffalo Trace. The title of "world's most award-winning distillery" has been earned through the uncompromising dedication of our craftsmen for over 200 years. In 2013, Buffalo Trace Distillery added the distinction of being named a National Historic Landmark.
Take a tour of the Sazerac Company brands distilled at the Buffalo Trace Distillery and see the impressive quality and distinction for yourself:
Buffalo Trace Bourbon - The distillery's signature straight bourbon whiskey, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, is made from the finest corn, rye and barley malt and bottled at 90 proof (45% alcohol by volume) to offer a bourbon that can please any palate and be delivered neat, on the rocks, mixed or in a cocktail. Visit the Buffalo Trace Bourbon website or engage with the brand on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
Eagle Rare Bourbon - Eagle Rare Bourbon Whiskey is masterfully crafted and carefully aged. Bottled in both 10-year and 17-year varieties, Eagle Rare is a product of the finest corn, rye and barley malt, fermented, distilled and aged. The 10-year is bottled at 90 proof. The 17-year variety, whose bottle proof moved from 90 to 101 in 2018, is one of the five bourbons included in the award-winning Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. Visit the Eagle Rare website, learn about its efforts to reward those who help the world by leading rare lives with the Eagle Rare Life Award or engage with the brand on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
E.H. Taylor, Jr. Collection - As founding father of the bourbon industry, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. left an indelible legacy. His dedication to distilling began at the close of the Civil War when he purchased O.F C. Distillery. There, he developed innovative techniques that are still in use today. The collection named after Colonel Taylor includes the hand made Small Batch Bourbon, aged inside century old warehouses constructed by Taylor himself; Single Barrel, aged exclusively in Warehouse C, also built by Taylor in 1881; Barrel Proof, bottled straight from the barrel at 125 proof, uncut and unfiltered; Straight Rye, a bottled-in-bond, 100-proof rye; Old Fashioned Sour Mash, a replication of the natural souring approach of the 1880s; Warehouse C Tornado Surviving, which is made from barrels that survived the tornado of April 2, 2006 that damaged Warehouse C; Cured Oak, aged in barrels with staves cured twice as long as most; Seasoned Wood, which is aged in barrels using wood crafted from oak bathed with natural outdoor seasoning; and Four Grain which includes a mash bill of corn, rye, wheat and malted barley. Learn more about each expression at the E.H. Taylor Jr. Bourbon Collection online at the Buffalo Trace Distillery website.
Van Winkle - Few names turn collective heads in the bourbon industry quite like that of the Van Winkle family. From Old Rip to Pappy and through the Family Reserve, these bourbon expressions are some of the most in-demand among bourbon connoisseurs everywhere. Old Rip Van Winkle is aged 10 years and bottled at nearly barrel proof (107). Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year is a 90.4 proof expression. The Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye is a 13-year aged rye whiskey with a 95.6 proof level. Then, there are the Pappy Van Winkle expressions in 15-year, Pappy Van Winkle 20-year and Pappy Van Winkle 23-year iterations. Each are wheated bourbons expressly produced according to the exclusive Van Winkle family recipe and specially selected from barrels in the heart of the aging warehouses. The spirit remains unhurried and untouched for as long as the bottle states, making it pristine and often the perfect pour. Learn more at the Van Winkle page on the Buffalo Trace Distillery website.
Stagg Jr. - George T. Stagg built the most dominant American distillery of the 19th century, during a time known as the Gilded Age of Bourbon. Uncut and unfiltered, this robust bourbon whiskey named for him ages for nearly a decade and boasts the bold character that is reminiscent of the man himself. Learn more about Stagg Jr. Bourbon at the Buffalo Trace Distillery website.
Blanton's Single Barrel - Albert Bacon Blanton was born into one of the first families of bourbon history. From the time he was made company president in 1921 until his retirement in 1952, his Distillery expanded from 44 to 144 buildings to become the largest Distillery of its day. During that period Colonel Blanton created his very special and limited supply of bourbon - his private reserve - handpicked and stored in what now is known as the famous Warehouse H. Introduced in 1984, Blanton's namesake bourbon was the first ever Single Barrel Bourbon sold commercially. The Single Barrel Bourbon is the first of its kind. Learn more about Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon at the Blanton's website.
Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel - Named after Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee, this straight bourbon whiskey is hand selected and bottled to the taste and standards of Elmer T. Lee himself. Perfectly balanced and rich, as declared by the man who knows how great bourbon should taste. Learn more on the Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon page at the Buffalo Trace Distillery website.
Sazerac Rye - The One and Only New Orleans Original. Sazerac Rye Whiskey symbolizes the tradition and history of New Orleans. Rye Whiskey that dates back to the 1800s, around the time when saloons, veiled as Coffee Houses, began lining the streets of New Orleans. It was at the Sazerac Coffee House on Royal Street where local patrons were served toddies made with Rye Whiskey and Peychaud's Bitters. The libation became known as the "Sazerac" and America's first branded cocktail was born. This is the whiskey that started it all. Learn more at the Sazerac Rye Whiskey page on the Buffalo Trace Distillery website.
W.L. Weller - William Larue Weller was one of the first true innovators in the bourbon industry, replacing rye with wheat to create a softer, sweeter bourbon we now call, informally, Weller. W.L. Weller Special Reserve is the Original Wheated Bourbon Whiskey. It is bottled at 90 proof and stands out with its burnt orange color and ease of use in cocktails. W.L. Weller 12 Year is aged far longer than most wheated bourbons and is smoothed and balanced at 90 proof. Old Weller Antique is a full-bodied heated bourbon with a balanced palate coming in at 107 proof. The most recent addition to the Weller expressions is the W.L.Weller C.Y.P.B, a formulation chosen by visitors to Buffalo Trace Distillery's Craft Your Perfect Bourbon website. Their majority selection was an eight-year aged, 95-proof, cheated bourbon aged on the highest warehouse floors. The limited edition whiskey is thought to be the first Internet crowd-sourced bourbon expression. Learn more about each expression at the W.L. Weller pages on the Buffalo Trace Distillery website.
Old Charter Oak - Born from Buffalo Trace Distillery's Single Oak Project, Old Charter Oak is a celebration of oak and the affect the wood has on the flavor of bourbons. With expressions issued in small batches periodically, the brand once known as Old Charter now more appropriately celebrates the history and heritage of the Charter Oak from which it was born. Explore the impact of oak on bourbon flavors at OldCharterOak.com.
Benchmark - McAfee's Benchmark Old No. 8 Brand Bourbon is named after the McAfee brothers who surveyed a site just north of Frankfort in the late 1700s that became the land the Buffalo Trace Distillery sits on today. This 80-proof, rye recipe bourbon is yet another label that honors its storied history. Learn more on the Benchmark Bourbon page at the Buffalo Trace Distillery website.
Ancient Age - Ancient Age Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has been held in high regard since its launch in 1946. Bottled at 80 proof and a smooth, yet simple blend of corn, rye and barley malt, there is so much to love about this bourbon that has withstood the test of time. Ancient Ancient Age 10-Star is a classic flavor, heavy rye, 90-proof expression of the brand. Learn more on the Ancient Age page at the Buffalo Trace Distillery website.
Buffalo Trace White Dog - The brave pioneers in Kentucky distilled whiskey using traditional methods and drank it right off the still. They called it White Dog. This raw distillate was clear, un-aged and had a hint of sweet corn. Later distillers discovered this spirit was perfect for aging - creating what we know today as fine Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. But you can experience Buffalo Trace White Dog in three variations — Mash No. 1, Wheated Mash and Rye Mash — just as it was sipped 200 years ago. Learn more about Buffalo Trace White Dog at the distillery website.
Bourbon Cream - Bourbon Cream is a handcrafted cream liqueur using Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon, making it a perfect marriage of rich delicious cream and smooth Kentucky bourbon. You can enjoy it chilled, on the rocks, or pour it in a cup of coffee for an indulgent after dinner treat. It is a cream liqueur ingredient for any home bar. Learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon Cream at the distillery website.
Platinum Vodka - Platinum 7X Vodka is distilled seven times from corn grown in America's heartland. Using a special combination of column and pot still distillations, Platinum 7X Vodka delivers a clean, refreshing, and smooth taste. Learn more at the Platinum 7X Vodka page on the distillery website.
Rain Vodka - Every step in making Rain Vodka is designed for enjoying the ultimate vodka taste experience. Distilled exclusively from corn, this vodka undergoes an extensive production process that includes seven distinct distillations and a polishing stage that adds pure limestone water. See Rain Vodka tasting notes and more at the distillery website.
CLIX Vodka - CLIX, or 159 in Roman numerals, represents the 159 separate distillations that were required to produce this ultra-fine vodka. The 159 distillations came from Buffalo Trace Distillery Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley's experimentations in pursuit of the perfect vodka. More on CLIX Vodka can be found on the distillery website.
Other Projects and Sites in the Sazerac Family
Antique Collection - The Buffalo Trace Distillery Antique Collection is an annual grouping of limited-release whiskeys of varies ages, recipes and proof. Highlighted by the powerhouse favorite bourbon of the collection, George T. Stagg, and the uncut and unfiltered wheated bourbon offering of William Larue Weller, the Antique Collection also features Eagle Rare 17-year-old bourbon, Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye and Sazerac Rye 18-year-old. The whiskeys are normally released in limited quantities in the fall of each year. Learn more at the Buffalo Trace Distillery Antique Collection web page at the distillery's website.
O.F.C. Vintages - The Old Fashioned Copper (O.F.C) Vintages are rare and collectable bourbons sourced from long-aging barrels at the Buffalo Trace Distillery and delivered in hand-cut crystal bottles with vintage dating based on the distillation year of the spirit contained within. Most O.F.C. Vintage bourbons are aged 20 years or more and are in very limited supply. Learn more about the vintages, the latest release and how you can get your hands on this rare bourbon find at the O.F.C. Vintages website.
Experimental Collection - Buffalo Trace Distillery began experimenting with recipes and barrel treatments more than two decades ago. Currently there are more than 5,000 experimental barrels of whiskey aging in its warehouses. Each of the barrels has unique characteristics and experimental changes in the mash bill, types of wood, barrel toasts and more. Periodically, an experimental whiskey is bottled and sold on a limited basis. For more details about the Buffalo Trace Distillery Experimental Collection, visit the Collection's page on the distillery website.
Single Oak Project - The Single Oak Project is its most inventive and comprehensive experiment in the two centuries of quality and innovation the Buffalo Trace Distillery has offered. It all started with 96 individually selected American oak trees that differed according to the number of growth rings per inch and growing location. Each tree was then cut into two parts - top and bottom - yielding 192 unique tree sections. A single barrel was constructed from each section. Additional variations were produced in stave seasoning, char and then whiskey recipes. Overall, seven different critical variables across 192 bottles for a total of 1,396 taste combinations were produced. And none of the 192 bottles in the complete set are exactly alike. The Single Oak Project is undoubtedly the most extensive bourbon experiment ever undertaken. Learn more at the Buffalo Trace Distillery Single Oak Project page on the distiller website.
Single Barrel Select - Single Barrel Select offers the exclusive experience of selecting a barrel at the distillery for private purchase. Along with the distinctive taste of your chosen brand comes a private tour and tasting. Offerings include barrels from brands at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, A. Smith Bowman Distillery, Barton 1792 Distillery and San Matias Distillery. Learn more and buy barrels for charity or corporate gifts, or your private collection at the Single Barrel Select website.