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Society Awards Partners with Buffalo Trace Distillery
Kentucky Ag Connection - 04/16/2021

Society Awards partnered with our friends at Buffalo Trace Distillery for a first-ever collaboration of its type. We first worked with Buffalo Trace to buy a barrel of ten-year-old Eagle Rare bourbon for our ten-year anniversary in 2017. That barrel was bottled as the Society Awards 10 Year Anniversary Bourbon and then gifted to Society Awards clients. This was a unique opportunity, usually reserved for industry insiders. It was outlined in a Forbes article by spirits journalist John McCarthy.

Our second project with Buffalo Trace was something they had never allowed for a private client. The original barrel we purchased was so special that we were able to ship it to Jalisco Mexico to have a second life aging a fine anejo from Corazón Tequila -- another exquisite Buffalo Trace brand. Through this first of its kind partnership between Society Awards and Buffalo Trace, we innovated this idea, which is now offered to all Single Barrel Select clients.

In 2020 we selected a barrel of EH Taylor, one of Buffalo Trace's most exclusive whiskeys. This is the first time they have ever allowed a private purchase of EH Taylor. We are incredibly proud to partner with Buffalo Trace in this project.

The selected barrel -- crafted of hearty, new American oak -- was filled in fall 2010 with a proprietary rye mash formula. Over the course of the last decade, the skilled artisans at Buffalo Trace Distillery identified this barrel as having the unique character to yield a truly exceptional bourbon deserving of the EH Taylor name. In January 2021, the barrel was finally moved from its home of 10 years on the 8th floor of warehouse i and bottled exclusively for Society Awards.

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort. The Distillery's rich tradition dates back to 1775. Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site. Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit

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