Buffalo Trace Auctioning Pappy, Antique Collections For Kentucky’s Tornado Victims

, , | December 20, 2021

The devastation from the tornadoes that recently ripped through America’s heartland left behind grief and destruction for so many in Kentucky, and beyond its borders.

While Buffalo Trace Distillery came through unscathed, as did its 10 Kentucky operations and the company’s 2,300 team members in the area, their extended families experienced tragedy, including loss of life.

So to help raise funds for recovery, Buffalo Trace and the Van Winkle family are partnering with Menish Productions on two rare and unique whiskey flights, available via online auction that’s running through Thursday, Dec. 23rd. Up for bid are a complete flight of Pappy Van Winkle and a complete flight of Buffalo Trace’s Antique Collection, including a 2020 George T. Stagg.

Van Winkle whiskeys for tornado auction

Buffalo Trace and the Van Winkle family are partnering with Menish Productions on two very rare and unique whiskey flights, available via online auction for charity (image via Buffalo Trace)

“The toll these tornadoes and severe weather took on our fellow Kentuckians and others in the Midwest and South is shocking,” said Mark Brown, chief executive officer for Buffalo Trace Distillery, in a prepared statement. “We hope our bourbon community, who we know can be very generous, really shows its support and we’re able to raise an unheralded amount of funds for Western Kentucky disaster relief.”

More specifics on each auction package can be found below.

  • The first, a complete Van Winkle collection which includes Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year old, Van Winkle 12 year old “Lot B,” Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye, Pappy Van Winkle 15 year old, Pappy Van Winkle 20 year and Pappy Van Winkle 23 year old. The auction winners will have the option to have the set autographed by Julian and Preston Van Winkle.
  • The second whiskey package is a complete set of Buffalo Trace’s Antique Collection, which includes William Larue Weller, Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye, Eagle Rare 17 Year Old, Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old and a 2020 George. T. Stagg (130.4 proof). The auction winners will have the option to have the set autographed by Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley and Buffalo Trace President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Brown.
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Details on the auction and how to bid can be found here: https://www.proxibid.com/Menish-Productions/Buffalo-Trace-Benefit-Auction/event-catalog/213782.

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