FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (Nov. 17, 2020) – Buffalo Trace is releasing a new O.F.C. Vintage bourbon this fall. In 1995, while Tom Ford stole the show with his Gucci Ready-to-Wear collection and Windows 95 was the rave operating system of personal computers, Buffalo Trace quietly distilled and tucked away its bourbon for 25 years, and now has something wonderful in store for the bourbon connoisseurs of 2020.
This vintage collectible bourbon has been bottled and is set to begin reaching stores in November. This is the fifth O.F.C Vintage release and, like its predecessors, will be very limited and extremely rare. Similar to previous releases, the 1995 Vintage will arrive in a wooden display box containing a provenance card. Inside the wooden box contains a crystal bottle with real copper lettering in-laid in the bottle with a hand-applied paper label. The label on the back of the bottle as well as the provenance card note the milestones for the year 1995.
The O.F.C. vintage-dated bourbons have a name derived from this National Historic Landmark’s original moniker -- the O.F.C. Distillery -- renowned for producing top class whiskey during its tenure.
Tasting notes for this bourbon describe cherry cordial on the nose followed by caramel and slightly smoked-oak. Dark chocolate, tobacco leaves and dates are found on the palate, followed by a lingering finish of leather, black pepper and cinnamon.
Although this is the fifth O.F.C. Vintage release, this is the fourth offered for sale. In the fall of 2016, Buffalo Trace Distillery released three vintage-dated bourbons, exclusively to non-profit organizations at no charge to raise money for their causes. Those bottles, from 1980, 1982 and 1983, were auctioned at charity and raised close to $1.2 million for causes including cancer services, cystic fibrosis, leukemia and lymphoma, children’s rights, autism, military veterans, animal protection, arts foundations and many more.
Suggested retail pricing for this collectible and very limited 1995 O.F.C. Vintage Bourbon is $2,500.
Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery's rich tradition dates back to 1775 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year for 2018 and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world for 2020. Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies.