Where Buffalo Trace Distillery in Franfort, Kentucky, now stands, once stood OFC—Old Fire Copper—Distillery. Whisky legend Col. E.H. Taylor Jr. built the distillery in 1869-1870. The site has been named a national historic landmark, and its 150 year history has seen several name changes. There’s a lot of history to OFC Buffalo Trace Whisky, and this year’s vintage continues that tradition.
This year’s release marks the fourth of the series, and is sourced from OFC casks distilled 25 years ago in 1994, the same year that saw the world glued to their television to watch a low speed chase of OJ Simpson in a white Bronco and Nelson Mandela’s inauguration. It was also the year that Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and other hits like Forrest Gump and The Lion King were released, notes the back label. Past releases have been given to charitable organizations for auctioning off to raise money—and have done so very admirably, raising more than a million dollars for causes ranging from veteran services to cancer services, cystic fibrosis, leukemia and lymphoma, children’s rights, autism, animal protection, the arts, and more. The 1994 bottles will roll out in late November and are priced at $2,500. Much like last year’s bottle, which saw fewer than 100 being released, this year will also be limited.
The 1994 release comes in hand-cut crystal and copper decanters that are presented in a polished wooden case. It comes with a hand-applied paper label and a provenance card. The whisky itself has “lots of cherry on the nose followed by butterscotch with hints of brown sugar and oak,” reports a Buffalo Trace spokesperson. The flavor is “toasted caramel, cinnamon and oak greet the palate, followed by a long finish of coffee, herbs and oak.”
You can celebrate a quarter century of history with a whisky that came to age through it all, and from a distillery with the pedigree to match up to its reputation.