In 1993, “The X Files” debuted on national television, “Jurassic Park” broke box office records and Buffalo Trace Distillery laid down some bourbon.
Twenty-five years later, that bourbon was bottled, and the result is the next offering in the O.F.C. Vintage Bourbon series, set to release in December.
Although limited, there are more bottles available of this 1993 vintage than the previous O.F.C. Vintage dated releases from 1985, 1989, and 1990.
Like its predecessors, the 1993 Vintage comes in a wooden display box containing a provenance card. Inside the wooden box is a crystal bottle with copper lettering in-laid.
The O. F. C. vintage-dated bourbons have a name derived from the distillery’s National Historic Landmark’s original moniker – the O.F.C. Distillery.
Tasting notes for this 25-year-old bourbon describe it as having a nose of dark cherry, honey and smoked oak. On the palate are notes of caramel, toasted vanilla and cocoa. For the finish there is coffee, maple syrup and oak.
This 1993 Vintage is the third release of the O.F.C. Vintage whiskey, but the second offered for sale. In the fall of 2016 Buffalo Trace Distillery released three vintage-dated bourbons, exclusively to non-profit organizations at no charge to raise money for their causes. Those bottles — from 1980, 1982 and 1983 — were auctioned at charity last spring, and raised nearly $1.2 million for a variety of causes such as cancer services, cystic fibrosis, leukemia and lymphoma, children’s rights, autism, military veterans, animal protection, arts foundations, and many more.
Suggested retail pricing for the limited-edition 1993 O.F.C. Vintage Bourbon is $2,500 per 750-ml. bottle.