Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Six Millionth Barrel Raises Over $1 Million for Charities around the US

Six Millionth Barrel of Buffalo Trace.

The Six Millionth Barrel of Buffalo Trace Bourbon has raised over $1 Million for charities around the country, smashing the distillery’s goal of $500,000.

Buffalo Trace celebrated the maturation of its six millionth barrel last spring, filling less than 400 375ml bottles from the 10 year, 11 month old single barrel at the flagship bourbon’s standard 90 proof. Charities that were chosen received their bottles last summer and have been busy ever since with fundraising efforts.

“Each organization that was chosen received a bottle with a beautifully handwritten description on the glass. The bottles were packaged in a hardwood showcase box that included a piece of the charred oak stave from the historic barrel and a small brochure that explained the significance of this collector’s edition,” says a press release from Buffalo Trace.

The distillery reports that 332 non-profit organizations have raised $1,145,162 for charities of their choosing, while the rest have had to reschedule or postpone fundraising efforts due to Covid-19. Causes that have benefitted include education services, ecological foundations, leukemia and lymphoma, arts foundations, veterans, animal rights and many more. Bourbon Charity topped the list, raising $69,125 from a generous group thousands of bourbon lovers through online donations.

This isn’t the first time Buffalo Trace has gifted rare, limited edition bottles to non-profits to auction for their causes. In 2011 the Distillery offered its Millennium Barrel of bourbon, barreled on Dec. 31, 1999. That effort raised more than $150,000 for various charities across the U.S.  In 2016, the distillery offered up their inaugural O.F.C. Bourbon releases distilled in 1980, 1982 and 1983, and non-profits reported back they had raised more than a million dollars for charitable causes.

See the full list of charities who benefitted from Buffalo Trace’s generous gifts at www.6millionthbarrel.com. Cheers to these hundreds of worthy causes!

Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.