As the mighty buffalo thundered across the land, they carved paths in the wilderness and a destiny for our ancestors. These paths, known as traces, were soon marked with the footprints of adventurers, explorers and pioneers as they made their journey to the west. One such trace, called the Great Buffalo Trace, led to the rugged banks of what is now called the Kentucky River. It was here in Franklin County, just a short distance from Kentucky’s state capitol of today, that millions of buffalo found passage across the river in their move toward the Great Plains. The McAfee brothers made the first survey of the crossing site and the surrounding area in 1773. A settlement came into existence at the crossing in 1775, when brother Hancock and Willis Lee established their camp with a small company of men. Those who settled there were quick to take advantage of the abundant limestone spring water and fertile bottom loam-found to be perfect for growing exceptional grain. Distillation soon followed and what would become the area’s distinguished bourbon heritage took root.
Deep amber color. Elegant aromas of buttery caramel, toasted nuts, and brown spices. A silky, supple entry leads to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body of honeyed toasted cornbread toast, intense brown spices, and pralines. Finishes with a long, layered fade of vanilla, caramel, cinnamon spice, and minerals. Impressive toasted barrel character shines through.