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    Why doesn't Buffalo Trace participate in Whisky Live?

    Every year, one of my favorite events on the calendar is Whisky Live LA, which is held here in Beverly Hills. It's all-you-can-drink, (no more stupid tickets this year!,) there's a pretty decent buffet, and you even get a Glencairn to take home with you. I've been 3 years in a row, as it's a way for me to sample 4R's SmB Ltd Edition & PHC, both before they get released to the LA market, as well as try other things I'm interested in. I've also been lucky enough to meet David Perkins and try all the new releases coming out of High West as well, so pretty much every delish whiskey is there for you to try. Everyone, that is, except for Buffalo Trace. Sure, last year they made a token appearance with a BT booth that had.....only BT for tasting, but that's it! No Weller. No Saz. No Taylor..and definitely no BTAC.

    Maker's Mark has even had their Master Distiller give a short class on their products, and I got to taste MM distillate at the white dog phase, 12 months, 24 months, 48 and full market product...it was amazing.

    So my question is simply...why? Why wouldn't BT want to be at this event, one that is held all over the world and gets people to shell out $100 to attend? People are pretty much paying to be marketed to! All the major US brands are there, including all of Heaven Hill's labels, Bulleitt, Hudson (meh,) Four Roses, High West, you name it. For the scotch fans, tons of brands are there..I hate scotch, but still. Hell, this year even fancy rums like Clement and Zapaca are going to be there.....I just don't get it. If BT were involved and I could sample all of their Weller expressions and some other cool things, I'd be beyond stoked and would drag as many homies as I could to this event! Does anybody know why this is?

    Thanks, SB Nation

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    Re: Why doesn't Buffalo Trace participate in Whisky Live?

    Why don't you ask BT? Send them an email, and let us know what you hear. You'll just get conjecture, here.
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    Re: Why doesn't Buffalo Trace participate in Whisky Live?

    They were represented at Whiskey Live Australia through their local supplier Southtrade International... Had Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare and Elmer T Lee on offer.

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    Re: Why doesn't Buffalo Trace participate in Whisky Live?

    A fantastic friend just gave me a ticket to the Boston Whiskey Live event next week , so I'll be able to check out any BT presence in person. Stand by for further updates...

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    Re: Why doesn't Buffalo Trace participate in Whisky Live?

    We stand by, glass in hand.
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    Re: Why doesn't Buffalo Trace participate in Whisky Live?

    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe View Post
    Why don't you ask BT? Send them an email, and let us know what you hear. You'll just get conjecture, here.
    "Straightbourbon.com: You'll just get conjecture, here." Love it!

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    Re: Why doesn't Buffalo Trace participate in Whisky Live?

    Quote Originally Posted by White Dog View Post
    "Straightbourbon.com: You'll just get conjecture, here." Love it!
    Let's not let facts get in the way of a 23 page, juicy good, conspiracy hullabaloo!
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    Re: Why doesn't Buffalo Trace participate in Whisky Live?

    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe View Post
    Let's not let facts get in the way of a 23 page, juicy good, conspiracy hullabaloo!
    I heard from my friend's cousin that Buffalo Trace is boycotting Whiskey Live Los Angeles event because the 'Shirley Temple' was invented there. and he should know, he likes whiskey
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    Re: Why doesn't Buffalo Trace participate in Whisky Live?

    @kalessin - stop by the Purple Valley Imports table. I'll be helping them out pouring Amrut, English Whisky Company and Sullivan's Cove.

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    Re: Why doesn't Buffalo Trace participate in Whisky Live?

    Quote Originally Posted by WhiskyRI View Post
    @kalessin - stop by the Purple Valley Imports table. I'll be helping them out pouring Amrut, English Whisky Company and Sullivan's Cove.
    I'll make a point of stopping by!

 

 

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