MGillespie wrote:Tim, was I wrong to suggest that the Van Winkles are distilled at Buffalo Trace? I'd heard that somewhere...
Mark, Julian Van Winkle formed an association with Buffalo Trace (in essence, they bought his operation) a few years ago, but he continues to use his previously-owned Stitzel-Weller stocks for his older Family Reserve bottlings. (Stitzel-Weller is where Julian P. "Pappy" Van Winkle, Julian's grandfather, so long made his mark). The Van Winkles are BOTTLED by Buffalo Trace.
Buffalo Trace did not have a wheated bourbon -- which is what the Van Winkles are -- before purchasing the W.L. Weller brands in the late-'90s. But, they were part of United Distillers and Vintners (UDV) when it owned the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville (now owned by Heaven Hill), which DID distill wheaters. Thus, BT owns wheated bourbon distilled elsewhere of an age to fill Julian's younger bottles, for which he no longer has appropriately-aged Stitzel-Weller, which ceased distilling in 1992.
Buffalo Trace has begun distilling bourbon for the Van Winkle bottlings, but none has aged enough to match any of the bottlings, the youngest of which is 10 years old. So, eventually, Buffalo Trace distillate will fill Van Winkle-branded bottles, but not yet.