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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

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Bourbon: Producer Capsules

This is the sixth in a series on Bourbon by Zach Pearson. Read them all: Bourbon, Bourbon After the Act, Bourbon: What it is ... and isn't, Making Bourbon, Who Makes My Bourbon, Producer Capsules., Finding the Good Stuff, Tasting the Good Stuff, Neat, Mashbills, Geeky Information and Resources.

Buffalo Trace

Distilling at what is now Buffalo Trace in Frankfort probably began in the 1850’s, but Edmund Haynes Taylor (yes, there’s an E.H. Taylor line) bought whatever was there and renamed it the “Old Fire Copper” distillery (OFC) in 1870. After an 1872 expansion, George T. Stagg (yep, there’s a BT label named after him as well) bought the place in 1878 only to have it struck by lightning and burn to the ground merely four years later. The 16 year old Albert Blanton (you guessed it – more whiskey named for him) started there in 1897 and was promoted to Superintendent in 1900. As Prohibition was winding down, the Schenley company bought the distillery, now named after Mr. Stagg in the wave of consolidation that saw distributors and marketers own distilleries.

In 1983, the plant was sold to some investors who were focused on the Japanese market under the name Age International. Though other companies will argue this point, what is now these investors did come up with Blanton’s. the first “single barrel” Bourbon in 1984.

Recent Additions

  • Glowing Green — Pisco, Suze, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, Blue Curaçao, Orange bitters
  • Gilded Paloma — Tequila, Soda water, Grapefruit juice, Pineapple juice, Lime juice, Cinnamon syrup, Grapefruit peel
  • Pickwick Club — Pineapple rum, Overproof rum, Allspice Dram, Bitters, Absinthe, Passion fruit syrup, Vanilla syrup, Orange peel
  • Mignon — Gin, Rye, Cassis, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, Orange bitters, Islay Scotch, Orange
  • Chipmunk — Old Tom Gin, Ginger liqueur, Simple syrup, Lime juice

Recent Discussion

  • Re The Inocencio, 1 hour ago shadowkirby commented:

    A little sweet - would possibly omit the simple. Very vegetal, good drink for spring.

  • Re The St-Rita, 2 days ago drinkingandthinking commented:

    uninspired elderflower margarita with poor proportions

  • Re Jasmine, 3 days ago smparkes commented:

    Went with the more forward version from SE and then added a bit of soda ... for a very hot day. :-)

  • Re Old World Charm, 4 days ago bkemp1984 commented:

    Made with Laird's and homemade creme de mure, good stuff. Will need to make it properly once I get more brandy.

  • Re Lime Blossom, 6 days ago SSteve commented:

    From the recipe and the comments I knew this was going to be too lime-heavy. I used less lime and more orange liqueur and St. Germane. I used Dry Curaçao so I added a little simple syrup as well. Pretty good but still needs a little more tweaking. Next time I'll try increasing the St. Germaine and decreasing the Curaçao.