Buffalo Trace

Trip Start Dec 19, 2012
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Trip End Dec 23, 2012


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Saturday, December 22, 2012

After Woodford we went to Buffalo Trace because Ben had learned about it from some people who he was chatting with at another distillery. It was worth the trip and was one of the best tours that we went on. It didn't show the entire bottling process which was fine because we had been to so many distilleries, but what it did do was give us some great history. 

He told us the entire history of Buffalo Trace and the entire area.  Buffalo Trace is the path carved by the Buffalo as they migrated so long ago.  The Parkway and most of the interstates in Kentucky were made by buffalo migration.  Buffalo Trace does a lot of small bottling and we got to see how one of their small batches is bottled by hand. 

We also learned where Bourbon got it's name. In the late 1800's goods were shipped up and down the Mississippi in wood barrels because they float. The distillers up in Kentucky would produce a distilled liquid of Corn, Rye and Barley called white dog and then put it in a barrel and send it down to New Orleans. Many people in the Kentucky area were of French origin, and to pay homage to their king, Louis of Bourbon, they named the area itself Bourbon. The barrels were therefore stamped Bourbon when they were sent from KY down to New Orleans. The people of New Orleans loved the liquor which they were getting from the Bourbon area (and had now been wood barrel aged during the trip down) and started referring to it as simply Bourbon. The name stuck and the tradition of aging the white dog in wood barrels was born!

Also Buffalo Trace has the oldest warehouse to ever store Bourbon. They were open during prohibition to produce "medicine." Doctors gave prescriptions for Bourbon to cure a long lists of ailments. Those prescriptions were then filled at pharmacies that got their supply from a few distilleries that were allowed by the government to stay open. 
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