Buffalo Trace kicks off 2022 by donating 2,022 bottles, including its first NFT

Buffalo Trace Distillery is committed to raising funds for charities around the world and is donating 2,022 bottles of its rarest whiskeys in 2022 to raise record donations for nonprofits.

A statement from the distillery says the company is looking to expand the potential range of recipients to impact more nonprofits. These 501(c)(3) organizations and registered charities are encouraged by Buffalo Trace to sign up for a chance to receive a bottle that the nonprofit can then use for fundraising.

Buffalo Trace takes care of sending the bottle to the selected organization, the only thing requested in return is that the recipient reports how much money he raised.

Some of the 2022 Buffalo Trace charity bottles (image via Buffalo Trace)

The 2,022-bottle offering will include the world’s first six-liter non-fungible bourbon tokens (NFTs), which feature bourbon distilled in 1982 in Buffalo Trace Distillery’s OFC line.

Other bottles in the range of 2,022 donated to select nonprofits to use for fundraising include:

  • 300 x 375ml bottles of The Single Oak Project Bourbon, a very limited version of this bourbon experience.
  • Vertical Weller composed of Weller Special Reserve, Weller Antique 107, Weller 12 years 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.
  • EH Taylor, Jr. Special Collection consisting of EH Taylor, Jr. 18 Year Marriage; EH Taylor, Jr. Amaranth; EH Taylor, Jr. Four Grain; and EH Taylor, Jr. Warehouse C Bourbons.
  • Five bottles (each six-litre) of the aforementioned Bourbon OFC, distilled in 1982, available via NFT in mid-February, more details to come.

“We really want to make an impact in 2022,” said Sara Saunders, vice president of bourbon for Buffalo Trace Distillery, in a prepared statement. “We have a wonderful database of nonprofit organizations so far, but we encourage others across the United States and the world to register their charity because we know the need is great. We’ve handpicked some of the best whiskeys in our portfolio, in the hopes that they’ll fetch top prizes for the recipients.

Interested nonprofit organizations can register their organization here. Buffalo Trace is looking for a diverse group of charities to donate to, including diverse audiences, locations and impacts in the community.

All applications must be received no later than March 31, 2022 to be considered; winning charities will be notified of their status by April 29, 2022. Bottles for selected recipients will begin shipping in May 2022 and recipients must host their event and report their funds raised by April 30 November 2022.

In 2019, Buffalo Trace Distillery gave away nearly 400 bottles of its 6 millionth barrel, a milestone barrel commemorating the 6 millionth barrel produced since Prohibition. These bottles have raised over $1 million for various charities. Similar deals took place in 2016, with over $1 million raised, as well as in 2011.

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