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Buffalo Trace unveils vintage-dated Bourbons

Buffalo Trace Distillery is set to release three unique vintage-dated Bourbons this autumn, in honour of the distillery’s original name – the O.F.C. Distillery.

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The O.F.C. Collection comes in lead free crystal bottles with detailed fluting engraved into the mould

The new range, known as the O.F.C. Collection, will initially be made available only to non-profit organisations for fundraising in November.

All of the O.F.C. Collection releases will be vintage-dated according to the specific year in which the Bourbon was distilled at Buffalo Trace Distillery, with each hand-cut crystal bottle featuring the vintage year on the label.

The first release is comprised of only 200 bottles; 100 bottles from the year 1980, 50 bottles from 1982, and 50 bottles from 1983.

Later vintages from the range will be released to the overall market in early 2017.

Future releases will unveil whiskeys from the 1990s, including a 1993 vintage and several consecutive vintage years thereafter.

The recipe and age will vary by vintage, but many are expected to have been matured for 20 years or more.

The collection comes in lead free crystal bottles with detailed fluting engraved into the mould, glass artisans cut the shoulder facets using equipment created exclusively for the distillery.

A paper label is hand applied with the vintage noted, along with a label on the back of the bottle noting the milestones for the vintage year of the bottle. For example, the 1980 label memorialises the U.S. Ice Hockey team’s victory over the Soviet Union, along with pop culture references and Ronald Reagan’s presidential election.

“These vintages are certainly unique and special whiskeys. We hope this O.F.C. collection can pay tribute to the many years gone by here at the distillery. Each vintage has a story to tell indeed,” said Kris Comstock from Buffalo Trace Distillery.

“To offer this first release to charitable organisations for their fundraising efforts makes this even more rewarding. We expect bottles to raise upwards of US$10,000 each for worthy causes.”

Collectors interested in a chance to participate in a fundraiser can visit http://ofcvintages.com/ in November for a list of non-profit organisations who will receive bottles for fundraisers.

In May this year, Sazerac announced it is to plough US$200 million into its Buffalo Trace Distillery, which the US producer admits has been struggling to meet soaring demand.

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