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Last Drop Distillers Launch Limited 1980 Buffalo Trace


This Autumn, The Last Drop Distillers will introduce its first Autumn Collection of rare, aged spirits with a Buffalo Trace distilled in 1980 at the forefront of this inaugural offering.

The 1980 Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey was distilled in 1980, at what was then George T. Stagg Distillery, now known as Buffalo Trace Distillery.  In 1992 Sazerac Company purchased the Distillery in Frankfort, Ky, buying the whole site lock, stock, and literally barrel(s).

Quietly hiding away in one of Buffalo Trace’s warehouses, a few barrels rested until a complete inventory was taken in 1998, at which point the barrels were 18 years old. For two years, the barrels remained in place, until at twenty years old they were vatted into stainless steel, which is a very common process distillers use to halt the aging effects of the barrel on the whiskey.

Tasting notes from the brand describes the bourbon as “the definition of flamboyant, with an orchestra of flavors, each flavor harmoniously mingled. It transforms miraculously from a dark chocolate, almond, leather, caramel and oak to a gentle warming spiciness, concluding with a virtual symphony on your palate.”

The 1980 Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey is release number 19 from The Last Drop and its second bourbon release, both of which hail from Buffalo Trace Distillery. Only 240 bottles of the ultra-rare bourbon are available worldwide.  It is 90 proof.  Suggested retail price is $4,600; state taxes will vary per market. Click here for more information on The Last Drop.

This year’s Autumn Collection also includes a 43 year old Jamaican Rum and a vintage Cognac from 1959. The 1976 “Overproof” Very Old Jamaican Rum is bottled at 135.8 proof with only 183 bottles available worldwide for a suggested retail price of $3,400. The 1959 Vintage Grand Champagne Cognac comes from a single cask aged over 60 years, leaving only 21 bottles available for sale worldwide. The proof is 81.6 and suggested retail pricing is $5,200. 

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