Buffalo Trace, given the size and stature of this iconic Kentucky whiskey distillery, has many an old cask sitting around in the aging warehouses quietly awaiting bottling. The distillery team there sometimes finds some among these ancient barrels ready for retail, and the end result is the occasional new release from the O.F.C. series. This time around comes a bourbon distilled back in the fall of 1995.
The new Buffalo Trace 1995 O.F.C. Vintage Bourbon, according to those behind it, is a 25 year old American whiskey that was laid down back in 1995 before being bottled earlier this year. Given the age it is a limited edition offering, with just 1,500 bottles being made available. Similar to previous O.F.C. expressions, it is housed “in a wooden display box containing a provenance card. Nestled inside the wooden box lies a crystal bottle with real copper lettering in-laid in the bottle and a paper label applied by hand.
Buffalo Trace 1995 O.F.C. Vintage Bourbon (image via Buffalo Trace)
“The label on the back of the bottle as well as the provenance card note the milestones for the year 1995.”
It was noted of this release that, although it is “the fifth O.F.C. Vintage release, this is the fourth offered for sale. In the fall of 2016, Buffalo Trace Distillery released three vintage-dated bourbons exclusively to non-profit organizations at no charge to raise money for their causes. Those bottles, from 1980, 1982 and 1983, were auctioned at charity and raised close to $1.2 million for causes including cancer services, cystic fibrosis, leukemia and lymphoma, children’s rights, autism, military veterans, animal protection, arts foundations and many more.”
Plans call for this bourbon to price around $2,500 per 750 ml bottle. Official tasting notes make mention of “cherry cordial on the nose followed by caramel and slightly smoked-oak. Dark chocolate, tobacco leaves and dates are found on the palate, followed by a lingering finish of leather, black pepper and cinnamon.”
The O.F.C. vintage-dated bourbons, for the curious, “have a name derived from this National Historic Landmark’s original moniker — the O.F.C. Distillery — renowned for producing top class whiskey during its tenure.”
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