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Buffalo Trace to up capacity with 50 warehouses

Buffalo Trace is planning to build an additional 50 warehouses over the next 10 years in order to expand its Bourbon production.

Buffalo Trace will launch a "stand alone" single estate Bourbon brand made using rye, corn and barley grown on its newly acquired land
Buffalo Trace is to build an additional 50 warehouses in order to increase capacity

The news follows Buffalo Trace’s warning that demand continues to outstrip supply of its Bourbon brands, many of which will remain on strict allocation for the “foreseeable future”.

Plans for the warehouses were revealed at the same time as the distiller said it had moved a step closer to distilling a new single estate Bourbon brand by planting the first seeds in 18 acres of recently purchased land.

The producer has acquired 282 acres of land adjacent to its Kentucky distillery over the past six months in order to plant corn, rye and barley with the intention of later releasing a “stand alone” brand of “farm to table” Bourbon.

Buffalo Trace has now planted non-GMO corn from the same strain as used to create Colonel E.H Taylor Bourbon, a limited edition variation of which was recently created using “cured oak” barrels.

Rye and barley will be planted at the site at a later date, while the first crops will be harvested this autumn.

“It’s exciting to now have the first round of seed in the ground,” Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley said. “We’re thrilled to get this project rolling and begin the farm-to-table process.”

Single estate spirits refer to brands that can pinpoint the majority of their productions processes, if not all, to one single area of land, owned by one particular company.

The name, age and price of Buffalo Trace’s new brand have yet to be determined.

The single estate spirits trend has been gaining traction around the globe in recent years, growing in line with demand for “craft” products, as this list of the top 10 farm to bottle spirits shows.

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