Buffalo Trace concludes Warehouse X temperature test

Kentucky distillery Buffalo Trace has concluded its second Warehouse X experiment, which analysed how temperature affects the ageing process of whiskey and collected 9.1 million data points. Warehouse X was built in 2013 to study the many variables that affect the Bourbon ageing process. Over the course of 20 years, Buffalo Trace will monitor a number of environmental elements, including natural light, temperature, humidity and air flow, collecting around 70 million data points in total.…

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Buffalo Trace: a brand history

One of the oldest continuously operating distilleries in the US, Buffalo Trace has survived Prohibition and the cyclical lows of the whisk(e)y industry. The Spirits Business explores the evolution of this Bourbon pioneer. *This feature was originally published in the August 2019 issue of The Spirits Business “The buffalo is a strong, massive animal. It is not going to be pushed around,” says Buffalo Trace Distillery brand manager Kris Comstock. Given that he stands at…

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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2020 winners

Whisky expert Jim Murray has once again given the title of ‘world’s best whisky’ to a Bourbon in his new Whisky Bible 2020. Here are the expressions that have secured the highly coveted top spots. Every year, Murray releases his annual Whisky Bible, which names the best whiskies across every category from Irish and Japanese to single malt Scotch and European. For the 2020 edition, all three of the top accolades were given to American…

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Edrington Americas ends third-party TR contracts

Edrington’s travel retail business in the Americas will cease distribution of third-party spirits from Illva Saronno, Sazerac and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. From 30 September, Edrington Americas Travel Retail will no longer distribute Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Illva Saronno’s brands, while its distribution agreement with Buffalo Trace maker Sazerac will end on 31 December. The move will allow The Macallan maker Edrington to focus on its portfolio of wholly-owned super-premium brands. “This rationalisation of our portfolio…

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Barton 1792 Distillery spill injures two people

A fermented mash spill at the Sazerac-owned Barton 1792 Distillery in Kentucky on Tuesday (5 March) has injured two people. According to a statement from emergency service Nelson County Emergency Management, crews were on the scene at the incident on the morning of 5 March. Two unnamed individuals were injured in the incident and taken to Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown with “non-life-threatening injuries”. Both parties have been treated and released, the statement said. The…

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