Sazerac is to plough US$200 million into its Buffalo Trace Distillery, which the US producer admits has been struggling to meet soaring demand. Full story
A night-before-Derby outing from Mint Julep Tours will offer the chance to tour Buffalo Trace distillery after hours. The Derby Eve Distilled Exclusive Experience – set for May 6 – includes a private distillery tour and tasting at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, along with cocktails, a bourbon inspired dinner, live bluegrass music and cigars on the porch. Full story
Production, says the Kentucky Distillers Association, has increased more than 170 percent since 1999. At 1.3 million barrels, production in 2014 reached its highest mark since 1970.
That’s one big Kentucky hug. Full story
Late last year, Melton had told bourbonblog.com that the bottles of rare and expensive Pappy Van Winkle at the center of a bourbon-theft criminal case would be auctioned. Full story
On Tuesday, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said he spoke with Julian Van Winkle, president of the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, who asked that all bottles and barrels involved in a well-publicized racketeering case not be auctioned off for charity, as Melton had previously suggested to BourbonBlog.com. Full story
As Buffalo Trace’s sixth master distiller since the Civil War, he stands on the shoulders of a more than 200-year legacy of distilling tradition. And since taking the helm in 2005, Wheatley has brought that authenticity into a renaissance and boon for the spirits industry where fans, who covet distillers’ aged amber elixirs, elevate them to rock-star status.
Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Awards gave Wheatley its first “Master Distiller of the Year” award in September during The Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting & Gala at The Bourbon Festival in Bardstown. Full story
FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Oct. 7, 2015) – Buffalo Trace Distillery’s master distiller and visitor center manager were each honored at “Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky America Awards 2016,” for their hard work at the Distillery. Harlen Wheatley was named “Master Distiller of the Year” and Matt Higgins was recognized as “highly commended” for Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year.
The category for “Master Distiller of the Year” is brand new this year, making Wheatley its very first recipient. Continue reading