Ancient buffalo carved paths through the wilderness that led America’s first pioneers and explorers westward. 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 tribute to the mighty buffalo and the rugged, independent spirit of the pioneers who followed them westward, we created our signature Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Hundreds of years ago, the mighty buffalo thundered across the land and carved paths known as traces. One such trace, the Great Buffalo Trace, led to the rugged banks of what is now known as the Kentucky River. Early adventurers followed the buffalo, and discovered some of Kentucky’s treasures, rich fertile land excellent for growing grain and abundant limestone waters. Distillation soon followed and in 1787 a working distillery started on the grounds, located in Frankfort, Ky. The first modern distillery was built on the site in 1857 and incorporated the use of steam power, a major advance in producing high quality bourbon. The distillery was later purchased by E.H. Taylor, Jr. one of Kentucky’s original Bourbon aristocrats. Astute and innovative, Taylor brought advancements to the facility as well as to the entire whiskey industry. By 1886, the distillery had introduced the nation’s first climate-controlled warehousing for aging whiskey and had earned a worldwide reputation for producing America’s finest bourbons. During Prohibition, the distillery existence was spared by the allowance of a permit - one of only a few issued in the country to continue distillation for medicinal purposes, therefore making it the oldest continuously operating bourbon distillery in the United States.
The Distillery Today
In 1992 the Sazerac company purchased the distillery and renamed it Buffalo Trace Distillery, paying homage to the mighty buffalo that once roamed the area. The Distillery has won numerous awards both for the fine bourbons it produces as well as the distillery itself. In 2010, Whisky Magazine named Buffalo Trace Distillery “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.”
Whiskey Advocate 90 points - Buffalo Trace is so firmly committed to the handle size that most of its core whiskeys are available in the format. Although offerings like W.L. Weller 12 year old and Eagle Rare might not be the easiest to find, the flagship Buffalo Trace bourbon is a fine option. At 90 proof, it has a viscous mouthfeel and an inviting aroma of vanilla and toffee. A sweet, though not cloying, sipper, it has notes of leather, toffee, and anise-plus a long finish, making this the rare large-format bourbon that is easily sipped neat. (Jul 2018)
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points - Sunny sawdust, spicy buttered caramel, and a hint of deep raisin come to mind when merely nosing the glass. Entreating a sip of this well-loved bourbon brings a resplendent spiciness of the rye component forward with bites of clove and nutmeg that are quickly followed by softening elements of sweet corn, vanilla wafer and a touch of bitter cocoa nib.
- 2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge (Excellent, Highly Recommended) (Great Value) (Tried & True Award) (Apr 2019)