Name, ticker symbol if publicly traded, location of main distillery/headquarters: Buffalo Trace Distillery. Not publicly traded. 113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort.
When established, by whom; owned by now: Established in 1787 by Hancock Lee. Now owned by the Sazerac Co., a family-owned company based in New Orleans.
Historical importance: Oldest continuously operating distillery in the United States, distilling even during Prohibition. Only distillery to have three living master distillers: master distillers emeriti Elmer T. Lee and Gary Gayheart and current master distiller Harlen Wheatley.
Major labels of bourbon and bourbon-related products: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Blanton’s, Sazerac Rye, Pappy Van Winkle, George T. Stagg.
Other significant brands the company owns: 1792 Ridgemont Reserve, produced at the company’s 1792 Distillery in Bardstown.
Number of barrels of bourbon: 300,000 at Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Number of employees: 350 at Buffalo Trace.
Distillery and related sites (warehouses, visitors center, other): Three total distilleries in Kentucky: Buffalo Trace in Frankfort, 1792 Distillery in Bardstown and the Glenmore Distillery in Owensboro.
Websites, contact information for tours, admission cost if any, etc.: www.buffalotracedistillery.com. For tours: (502) 696-5926. Four different tours offered: Trace Tour, Hard Hat Tour, Post-Prohibition Tour and Ghost Tour. No charge for tours and a free tasting is also included after each tour. Reservations required for Hard Hat, Post-Prohibition and Ghost tours.
Age International owns some of the brands (noted below) but Buffalo Trace distills, ages, bottles and sells them in the US. The Van Winkle brand is managed as a joint venture between Buffalo Trace and the Van Winkle family. Parent company Sazerac also owns the Barton 1792 distillery and the A. Smith Bowman Distillery.
Ancient Age (Age International)
Blanton's (Age International)
Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection
Elmer T. Lee (Age International)
Firefly Moonshine (joint venture with Firefly Distillery in SC)
George T. Stagg
Hancock's Reserve (Age International)
Old Taylor (acquired from Jim Beam)
Rock Hill Farms (Age International)
Sazerac and Thomas H. Handy Rye
Single Oak Project
Van Winkle and Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon and Rye