Music and whiskey lovers alike have a reason to rejoice as Grammy-winning artist Chris Stapleton teams up with Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley of Buffalo Trace Distillery to present a first-of-its-kind collaboration: the Traveller Whiskey.
The premium blended whiskey aims to reflect a blend of artistry and craftsmanship. The creation process involved meticulous testing and tasting.
Stapleton expressed his excitement over the partnership, considering it a “bucket list scenario.” He remarked on how bottles from barrels curated by Wheatley have accompanied him through every note recorded and every show performed. He believes that Traveller Whiskey encapsulates their shared history, artistic vision, and uncompromising standards of taste.
Wheatley echoed similar sentiments, emphasizing the experimental nature of creating art, whether it be music or whiskey. The duo experimented with over 50 blends before settling on Blend No. 40 for Traveller.
Traveller Whiskey, bottled at 90 proof, offers a unique flavor profile. It is characterized by notes of oak, sweet maple, tart currant, and leather. It also presents complex aromas of vanilla, aged fruit, buttery shortbread, caramel, and a hint of oak. The flavor is a concoction of sweetness, spice, toasted nut, and oak flavors, culminating in a robust finish.
According to Wheatley, Traveller Whiskey is a versatile spirit, perfect for sipping neat or mixing into a cocktail. He believes it will appeal to both seasoned whiskey connoisseurs and those new to the world of whiskey.
Interestingly, Stapleton’s relationship with Buffalo Trace dates back to his early days recording his first studio album, “Traveller.” He was introduced to E.H. Taylor, another offering from the distillery, during those sessions and has since collaborated with Buffalo Trace for multiple fundraising initiatives through his charitable fund, Outlaw State of Kind.
As of January 1, 2024, Traveller Whiskey is available nationwide at retailers, bars, and restaurants. It carries a suggested retail price of $39.99, with local taxes and fees varying.