Buffalo Trace plants third crop for single estate Bourbon

15th June, 2017 by Nicola Carruthers

For the third summer in a row, Buffalo Trace has planted 18 acres of corn to ensure the continuation of the distillery’s single estate Bourbon.

Kentucky-based Buffalo Trace Distillery has planted 18 acres of corn

The Kentucky-based distillery planted a conventional strain of corn this year, called CF790 Conventional. It was selected in order to help enhance the integrity of the soil.

The variety of corn is known for having strong roots and a strong stalk system, and grows well in central Kentucky.

“We’ve been learning a lot about growing corn over the last few years,” said master distiller Harlen Wheatley.

“This summer we selected a conventional strain of corn to help revitalise the soil so we can continue planting a variety of corn strains.”

Buffalo Trace announced plans to create a stand-alone single estate Bourbon brand in 2015, at the same time as purchasing an additional 293 acres of farm that will predominantly be used for house extra warehousing.

Last year the distillery grew Japonica Striped corn – a strain originally from Japan and dating back to the 1890s – which will be fermented and distilled this autumn before being barrelled and rolled into a warehouse.

In 2015, Buffalo Trace grew Boone County white corn – the same strain of corn that Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr used at the distillery in 1870.

Each crop harvested on the distillery’s farm is being distilled and aged on site to eventually become a new range of single estate Bourbons.

The company has not yet determined the name, age or price of the new line.

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