Located next to the Kentucky River in Frankfort, Buffalo Trace claims there has been a working distillery on its site since 1787. Operated by Schenley from the 1940s-1980s, it was known as the Stagg distillery, then the Ancient Age distillery, until its new owner Sazerac changed the name to Buffalo Trace in 1999.

In 1992 the Age International brands were sold to Takara Shuzo Co. of Japan. A unique arrangement has remained in place, where the Sazerac produces and distributes some whiskeys for the separate company Age International (Ancient Age, Blantons, Rock Hill Farms, Elmer T. Lee, Hancock Reserve) under one mashbill, and others under its own mashes (Buffalo Trace, Weller, E.H. Taylor, Eagle Rare, Charter).

 

Photo libraries, in ascending order by bottling year

Old Stagg 8yr 80pf, 4/5qt ~1966

Photos courtesy of Kurt Suda

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Ancient Age 86pf, late 60s-70s

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Ancient Age 86pf Liter, ~1982

Photos courtesy of Chris Dion.

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Ancient Age Bourbon, 80pf, 750ml – Late 1980s

Photos courtesy of Colby Phillips

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Elmer T. Lee 107pf, 750ml, 1990

This bottle was dubbed by the whiskey community as the “Butt Ugly Bottle” or BUB.

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Blanton’s Single Barrel, 750ml, 1992

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Buffalo Trace Barrel Proof, 18yr 134.5pf, 1999

This bottle commemorated the five millionth barrel from Buffalo Trace. It was from a single barrel filled in 1981 with bourbon mash #1 and dumped in 1999; the barrel only produced 30-40 bottles, which were given to charities for fundraising.

Photos and information courtesy of Jeremy Esposito.

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Eagle Rare 10/101, Frankfort, 750ml, 2004

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Elmer T. Lee Gold Wax, 750ml, 2005 or earlier

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Eagle Rare 10/101 Frankfort, 1.75L, 2005

In a plastic handle!

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Elmer T. Lee Civic Center Liquor Single Barrel #6

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Sazerac Rye 90pf, Binny’s Single Barrel, 2007

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Ancient Ancient Age 10yr, TPS Single Barrel, 2010

Selected by The Party Source.

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Abraham Bowman TPS Barrel Proof Rye, 114.6pf, 2011

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E.H. Taylor Single Barrel, Binny’s Selection, 100pf, 2012

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