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barturtle
01-29-2006, 18:35
Woodford Reserve Distillery.

While we probably saw this coming, what is the point?

I just noticed this today when I went looking for the Woodford website (http://www.woodfordreserve.com/home.asp). It seems that they think little of the history of the distillery.

TNbourbon
01-29-2006, 18:36
The name change was made quite some time ago -- either late 2004 or early last year.
Later:Ah, here it is (Oct. 28, 2003): http://www.brown-forman.com/corp_news/031028WR-Distillery.htm

barturtle
01-29-2006, 19:11
Ah, thanks Tim. Now I know why I missed it: they changed the name at the same time they started charging for the tour!

arsbadmojo
02-28-2006, 13:59
I've been trying to follow the history of this distillery.

It went from Ancient Age to Labrot and Graham, and now to Buffalo Trace, correct?

Is Gary Gayheart still invoved there? I saw his name on some older articles, but now I'm seeing Harlan Wheatley mentioned as Master Distiller.

barturtle
02-28-2006, 14:33
Actually the Woodford Reserve Distillery was originally the Oscar Pepper Distillery, RD#52, then The Labrot & Graham Distillery.

You seem to be confused with the current Bufflao Trace Distillery:
E. H Taylor Jr & Co
The George T Stagg Co
Kentucky River
OFC RD#2
Carlisle RD#113
Ancient Age Distilling Co, The Straight Whiskey Distilling Co of America, Albert P Blanton
Buffalo Trace

Source: The Evolution of the Bourbon Whiskey Industry in Kentucky, Cecil.


for info on the Gayheart/ Wheatley look here http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads-6.5/showthread.php?t=4040

arsbadmojo
02-28-2006, 14:59
Actually the Woodford Reserve Distillery was originally the Oscar Pepper Distillery, RD#52, then The Labrot & Graham Distillery.

You seem to be confused with the current Bufflao Trace Distillery:
E. H Taylor Jr & Co
The George T Stagg Co
Kentucky River
OFC RD#2
Carlisle RD#113
Ancient Age Distilling Co, The Straight Whiskey Distilling Co of America, Albert P Blanton
Buffalo Trace

Source: The Evolution of the Bourbon Whiskey Industry in Kentucky, Cecil.


Thanks for the link on Gayheart; I hadn't seen that.

I'm still confused however, about the Ancient Age distillery; and it's connection to Buffalo Trace?

TNbourbon
02-28-2006, 15:32
...I'm still confused however, about the Ancient Age distillery; and it's connection to Buffalo Trace?

It's the same place -- the Sazerac folks, who bought it in the early '90s, changed the name of Ancient Age Distillery to Buffalo Trace in 1996.

barturtle
02-28-2006, 16:10
Sorry, I didn't mean to be confusing, that was a list of the names that the distillery has carried over the years, as listed by Sam Cecils book(I'm not sure of the reason for the 3 names being on the same line, but thats how it's listed)

arsbadmojo
02-28-2006, 16:23
Sorry, I didn't mean to be confusing, that was a list of the names that the distillery has carried over the years, as listed by Sam Cecils book(I'm not sure of the reason for the 3 names being on the same line, but thats how it's listed)

Oh, I see what I did; I confused Labrot and Graham -> Woodford Reserve with Ancient Age -> Buffalo Trace.

I don't know why; I'm very very tired, and these names keep changing. :grin:

Sijan
03-15-2006, 13:56
Wasn't Buffalo Trace previously Leestown Distilling Company? Waymack & Harris give the history of the distillery thusly:

Site of distillery owned by Ben H. Blanton - 1860s
O.F.C. (Old Fashioned Copper) Distillery under E.H. Taylor - 1869-70
E.H. Taylor, Jr. Company under George T. Stagg & E.H. Taylor - 1873
George T. Stagg Distillery - Stagg becomes sole owner, 1886
Col. Albert B. Blanton hired in 1897, distillery manager 1912-1952
Schenley acquires distillery - 1929 (at some point becomes Schenley Distillery)
Bourbon production resumes after prohibition - 1933
Ancient Age brand debuts - 1946 (60th anniversary this year!)
Name changed to Ancient Age Distilling Company - 1969
Name changes to Leestown Distilling Company, Inc. - 1992

cowdery
03-15-2006, 19:49
That looks about right, although I seem to recall that the distillery was never actually named Ancient Age Distillery, but everyone called it that because the Ancient Age label was on the water tower, the signs, etc., and it was their flagship brand. Unfortunately, I don't know what, in this telling, the actual name was. I know the predecessor to Sazerac was a company called Age International, which bought it from Schenley in 1983. The owners were Ferdie A. Falk and Robert C. Baranaskas.

Sazerac bought the place in 1992 and changed the name from whatever it was to Leestown, but I can tell you that everyone called it Ancient Age until the buffalo came.

WL&H didn't have the fact that from 1953 to 1969 it was named the Albert B. Blanton Distillery.

I know that it changed from Leestown to Buffalo Trace on June 1, 1999. It is the largest whiskey distillery in America with capacity of 10 million proof gallons per year.

bobbyc
03-15-2006, 20:20
O.F.C. (Old Fashioned Copper)
That should be Old Fire Copper, No?


It is the largest whiskey distillery in America with capacity of 10 million proof gallons per year

Are you sure about that Chuck?

cowdery
03-16-2006, 15:18
"Old Fire Copper" sounds more familiar, but I also seem to recall that no one is absolutely sure what O.F.C. meant.

As for the statement about their size, that's their claim (I got it from a BT press release) and I don't know of anyone who has ever contradicted it.

bobbyc
03-16-2006, 21:22
Jerry Dalton told me once what the Booker Noe plant is capable of but I get mixed up on the details that I won't say what I think he said , but it did seem to be North of that a bit. We'll see him next month anyway. At any rate in a couple years they plan Booker Noe plant to be the largest in the world, they are commiting 30 million plus to get there.

cowdery
03-21-2006, 14:33
Certainly too there are different ways of stating capacity, still capacity v. fermenter capacity would be one. Most bourbon distilleries have excess still capacity and are limited by their fermenter capacity.

Ken Weber
04-20-2006, 15:31
The Buffalo Trace Distillery was never officially known as the Ancient Age Distillery, as Chuck noted, the water tower was painted with the Age logo. I too have heard that we have the largest capacity in the world, but perhaps I am dreaming. I saw our historical production records and we once produced over 620,000 barrels in a single year. This is nearly 15 times more barrels per year than we currently produce. I honestly don't know how this rates with other distilleries.

Ken