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Buffalo Trace Distillery - Frankfort, Kentucky

Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. The name Buffalo Trace refers to the ancient Buffalo crossing the banks of the Kentucky River in Franklin County, KY. Buffalo Trace has also been known as George T. Stagg Distillery and Old Fashioned Copper.

Distilling started on this property in 1775 by Hancock Lee and his brother Willis. The first distillery was constructed in 1812. During Prohibition the distillery was allowed to stay open to make whiskey for medical purposes. During this time they were selling a million pints of whiskey every month. Must have been a lot of sick people.

In the 1980s they only sold the whiskey in Kentucky due to low stock. The whiskey ages in an oak barrel for 8 years. Current owner, Sazerac, purchased Buffalo Trace in 1992. Since 1999 production has been stepped up and the whiskey is available in every state in the US and 40 countries.

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