Old Fashioned Sour Mash whiskey is currently fermenting at Buffalo Trace Distillery in one of Col. E.H. Taylor, Jr.’s original fermenters. Dating back to 1883, the fermenter is part of the 2016 discovery of distillery remnants of Taylor’s original foundation. After restoration and testing, the fermenter is back to work after 100 years.
Dubbed “Bourbon Pompeii,” the decommissioned distillery space of the O.F.C. Distillery was found during renovations to the building. The space had been covered with a cement floor and lost to time. Once happened upon, Buffalo Trace, a National Historic Landmark, aimed to use the equipment again. Fermenter No. 7 is lined with some of the cleaned-up bricks that were uncovered during the excavation, and was relined with copper like it would have been during Taylor’s tenure. (O.F.C. stands for Old Fire Copper.)
The Distillery is adding to a long list of experimental and very limited editions. They plan to use the fermenter to produce a patent-pending Old Fashioned Sour Mash. We might assume to see this product discussed on the internet in 6-8 years, but don’t count on seeing it on a shelf at your local retailer. Buffalo Trace Distillery is as notable for their research-project whiskeys as much as they are notorious for their scarcity. O.F.C. projects have been especially sought-after. The 1993 O.F.C. Vintage Bourbon released in December of 2018 sold for $2,500, if you could find it.