To celebrate the anniversary of the Bottled In Bond act, Buffalo Trace Distillery is joining forces with Country music superstar Chris Stapleton to raise money for a good cause. Buffalo Trace Distillery and the E.H. Taylor, Jr. brand are auctioning off bottles from an extremely limited single barrel pick and donating proceeds to Outlaw State of Kind, Chris and Morgane Stapleton's charity. Each bottle will be autographed by Chris Stapleton.
Initial bottles will be used to support disaster relief both in Texas, hit hard by a major winter storm, and Eastern Kentucky, experiencing devastating floods. The initial bottles are available for bidding on the online charity auction Charitybuzz and can be viewed here. The remaining bottles will be used throughout the year to raise funds for a variety of charities across the country.
“We’ve very excited to partner with Chris Stapleton and Outlaw State of Kind,” said Joshua Steely, E.H. Taylor, Jr. brand director. “We knew Chris was a big fan of E. H. Taylor, Jr., so we thought this was a perfect way to commemorate Bottled in Bond Day, by partnering with his charitable fund so fans of both his music and our bourbon can help out needy causes across the country through the various events and auctions that will be held throughout the year.”
Bidding is online and open now, with the estimated value set at $5,000 (the current bid at this posting was just over $5,000). The whiskey is 9-year-old bourbon proofed to 100. Representatives for Buffalo Trace, E.H. Taylor's parent distillery, say there are less than 100 bottles available from the single barrel selection. Proceeds from initial auctions will go to immediate disaster relief in Texas and Kentucky. Following bottles will be used similarly as the year goes on.
The E. H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel was distilled at Buffalo Trace Distillery and put in the barrel on Jan. 5, 2012. Bottled in early February, this bourbon is 9 years old, and like the act its namesake fought so hard to pass, is Bottled in Bond at 100 proof.
Like the other E. H. Taylor, Jr. releases, this Single Barrel is packaged with elements of Taylor’s original bottlings from the turn of the 20th century, a vintage label bearing his signature and a distinct canister reminiscent of Taylor’s whiskey package from over one hundred years ago. The canister gives a nod to this unique bottling with a commemorative sticker noting the 124th anniversary of Bottled in Bond Day and a label at the bottom explaining in more detail the significance of this bottling.