May 1 2018  |  Spirits & Tobacco

Buffalo Trace Distillery receives Icons of Whisky America Awards

By Jas Ryat

Buffalo Trace Distillery is named the 2018 Icons of Whisky America Distiller of the Year

Whisky Magazine has named Buffalo Trace Distillery the 2018 Icons of Whisky America Distiller of the Year.

In addition, its Visitor Center Manager, Matt Higgs, scooped the Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year accolade.

Buffalo Trace Distillery will now compete for these two titles on a global level at the World Whiskies Awards.

“We strive every day to make all around quality spirits, so this is a huge honor for us,” Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley said.

“From every step of the distilling and ageing processes all the way to bottling, distribution, and even the hospitality in our Visitor Center, it truly is a team effort, so this is a great testament to the hard work our team puts in. We could not be more grateful for these recognitions.”

Over the years Buffalo Trace Distillery has received more than 500 awards for its whiskies, distinguishing Buffalo Trace as the World’s Most Award Winning Distillery.

The Distillery believes that the perfect bourbon has yet to be created, and continues with the goal of producing a bourbon that hits that mark.

Buffalo Trace forges new innovative paths through its commitment to experimentation, with more than 17,500 barrels of experimental whiskey currently ageing at the Distillery, and is even growing its own corn on its farm to one day create its own Single Estate bourbons.

Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Visitor Center, under the leadership of Matt Higgins, holds a strong hospitality focus and is continuously working to accommodate its growing visitor numbers.

The Distillery offers six different complementary tours and tastings, and welcomed a record-breaking 201,491 visitors last year, an increase of 18% over the last calendar year.

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