Established in 1775 and situated in Frankfort, Kentucky, Buffalo Trace is one of the few American distilleries that continued its operations through Prohibition, after receiving a permit to bottle medicinal whiskey when the 18th Amendment came into effect in 1920. They were permitted to produce new whiskey from 1930 to 1933. As a result, George T. Stagg Distillery, as the company was named at the time, was one of only four Kentucky distilleries that were capable of producing whiskey after Prohibition ended. The distillery changed several hands through more than two centuries, and the owners included Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr., who earned himself the title "the father of the modern bourbon industry".
The oldest continually operating distillery in the United States includes the rich legacies of master distillers such as E.H. Taylor Jr., Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee as well. To this day it remains family-owned, operating on the same 130 acres of land adjacent to the Kentucky River as it has for over 200 years. Similarly, the distillery’s flagship bourbon has been made using the same process for over 2 centuries. Now part of the Sazerac family, the distillery has remained dedicated to a single craft: the making of fine bourbon whiskey, bringing together tradition and innovation in the process.
A part of the revered Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, the 2020 release of George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey honors the man that played an integral part in creating the Buffalo Trace Distillery as we know it today. Bottled at 130.4 proof, the expression comes from barrels that were filled in 2005, then stored in warehouses L, K, and Q. The 15-year-old is uncut and unfiltered, with its intense and complex profile fully intact. It's a fan favorite ― and rightly so ― with rich notes of cinnamon, caramel, cherries, vanilla, and smoked oak.