It’s always good to start the new year off on a giving note. Buffalo Trace Distillery (ya know, the folks that make the mythical BTAC, Blanton’s, Pappy, Elmer, E.H. Taylor, et et) is going all-in this year with a barrage of big sexy chips for the charitable table.
Drum Roll……In 2022, they are giving away 2,022 bottles from their finest stock in hopes of raising record breaking donations for non-profits around the globe. How can you not love this ambition?
It gets even better, somehow. They also want to further open their komodo of non-profit outreach.
501(c) (3) organizations and registered charities are encouraged to register for a chance to be awarded a bottle which the nonprofit can then use for fund raising. Buffalo Trace will take care of sending the bottle to the selected organization, the only thing asked in return is for the recipient to report back on how much money it raised.
THE. BIG. ENCHILADA. –> OFC 6 Liter NFT (5 of them!)
Included in the offering of 2,022 bottles will be the world’s first six liter bottle bourbon non-fungible tokens (NFTs), which contain bourbon distilled in 1982 in Buffalo Trace Distillery’s O.F.C. line. Admittingly, I was a tad bit fuzzy on the NFT front. Put very simply, it’s a one-of-a-kind digital asset that belongs to you and only you. It serves not only as “art”, but also authentication. Here’s an example from Forbes of a Glenfiddich rare whisky sold as an NFT for a bit of reference.
Overview: How OPERATION NFT Will Work
The Rundown…Each 6L OFC NFT (not short on acronyms) will be hosted via auction on a third party site. The winner gets the NFT (digital asset). The NFT can be resold on the ethereum market until it is “burned” meaning the NFT is destroyed and the actual bottle is collected. Each OFC winner also get an IRL (In Real Life) experience at Buffalo Trace Distillery.
There will be more specifically on the OFC front from Buffalo Trace soon we’re told. The NFT will debut in mid February with more on that upcoming.
Sampling of Other Marvelous Charitable Offerings
- 300 375ml bottles of The Single Oak Project Bourbon, a very limited release from the most extensive bourbon experiment ever undertaken
- Weller vertical consisting of Weller Special Reserve, Weller Antique 107, Weller 12 year old, Weller Full Proof, Weller Single Barrel and Weller Craft Your Perfect Bourbon (CYPB)
- Blanton’s vertical with Blanton’s Original Single Barrel, Blanton’s Gold and Blanton’s Straight from the Barrel Bourbons
- E.H. Taylor, Jr. special release collection consisting of E.H. Taylor, Jr. 18 Year Marriage; E.H. Taylor, Jr. Amaranth; E.H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain; and E.H. Taylor, Jr. Warehouse C Bourbons
- Five bottles (each six liters in size) of the aforementioned O.F.C. Bourbon, distilled in 1982, available via NFT in mid-February, more details coming
- And many more whiskies from the world’s most award-winning Distillery
How To Register Your Non-Profit
Interested nonprofits can register their organization HERE. Buffalo Trace is looking for a diverse group of charities to donate to, comprised of various audiences, locations, and impact in the community. All entries must be received by March 31, 2022 for consideration; winning charities will be notified of their status by April 29, 2022. Bottles to selected recipients will begin shipping in May 2022 and recipients need to hold their event and report back their monies raised by Nov 30, 2022.
Buffalo Trace Distillery has a history of conducting similar fundraisers, but nothing of this magnitude. In 2019 it gave away nearly 400 bottles from its 6 Millionth Barrel, a milestone barrel commemorating the 6 millionth barrel produced since Prohibition. Those bottles raised over one million dollars for various charitable organizations. Similar offerings ran in 2016, with over a million dollars raised, and also in 2011.
“We really want to make an impact in 2022,” said Sara Saunders, vice president, bourbon, Buffalo Trace Distillery. “We’ve got a wonderful database so far of nonprofit organizations, but we encourage others from across the U.S. and the world to register their
charitable organization, as we know the need is great. We’ve handpicked some of the best whiskies from across our portfolio, in hopes they garner top dollar for the recipients.”