Buffalo Trace Distillery has announced that it will release three unique vintage-dated bourbons honoring the O.F.C. Distillery. Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Christened the distillery back in 1870 and originally named it the Old Fire Copper Distillery. This historic landmark is known today as the Buffalo Trace Distillery had the most state of the art features like copper fermentation vats, column still, and a steam heating system that is still used in the aging warehouses.
200 bottles of bourbon dating back to 1980, 1982 and 1983 will be released and offered
exclusively to non-profit organizations at no charge to raise money for their causes. And here in Indianapolis, the Indiana Historical Society was lucky enough to get bottle 65/100 of the 1980 Vintage!
The packaging for O.F.C. matches the brilliance of the whiskey with lead free crystal bottles featuring detailed fluting engraved into the mold. Glass artisans cut the shoulder facets using equipment created exclusively for Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each bottle is then manually polished to achieve maximum glass brilliance before in-laying cut copper lettering to spell out “O.F.C.” on the front. A paper label is then hand applied below with the vintage prominently noted, along with a label on the back of the bottle noting the milestones for the vintage year of the bottle.
The 1980 label memorializes the U.S. Ice Hockey team’s stunning win over the Soviet Union, along with pop culture happenings and Ronald Reagan’s presidential election.
This is the second time Buffalo Trace Distillery has partnered with non-profit organizations to raise money. In 2011, the Distillery gave away 174 bottles of its Millennium Barrel, the last bourbon barrel filled on the last day of the last century. In total more than $150,000 was raised for various charities across the United States, with the top organization raising more than $7,000 for their cause.
We are assisting the Indiana Historical Society to organize a bourbon tasting on February
17th where this bottle and other items will be involved in silent auctions. It should be a great evening to raise money for the Education of Indiana History. Watch our social media and IHS’s website for more info.