Chris Stapleton and Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley have teamed up to create a new whiskey, Traveller Whiskey.
It’s a premium blended whiskey has been blended and bottled at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, the world’s most award-winning distillery, under the expert supervision of Wheatley.
Being a Kentucky native, Stapleton certainly knows a thing or two about whiskey and bourbon, and he says that partnering with Buffalo Trace has been a “bucket list scenario”:
“Partnering with Buffalo Trace Distillery and Harlen Wheatley feels like a bucket list scenario for me. Some things just make total sense – and this is definitely one of those things.
Bottles from barrels that Harlen has cared for have been with us for every note we’ve ever recorded, backstage before shows and in all the moments we’ve celebrated along the way.
I believe what we’ve achieved with Traveller Whiskey not only represents our shared history but also a common artistic vision and uncompromising standards of taste. I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve made.”
Wheatley says that perfecting this spirit is an art form, and the two of them made sure they got it right while going through the process of experimenting with different blends for the perfect taste:
“When making art – and we really do think that both Chris’ music and the whiskey we make at Buffalo Trace is art – you experiment, test, adjust, and don’t give up until you’ve got it right.
That’s why we experimented with more than 50 blends before agreeing that Blend No. 40 would be it for Traveller.”
Named after the title-track to his iconic 2015 album, Traveller Whiskey is bottled at 90 proof, and:
“Characterized by notes of oak, sweet maple, tart currant and leather. Complex aromas of vanilla, aged fruit and buttery shortbread are rounded off by caramel and a touch of oak.
The flavor profile also showcases a touch of sweetness, followed by spice, toasted nut and oak flavors, closing with a robust finish.
Traveller is a completely unique combination of whiskeys hand-selected from The Sazerac Company’s award-winning distilleries.”
Actually, Stapleton was born in Lexington, Kentucky, which is just down the road from Buffalo Trace Distillery, and he started drinking Buffalo Trace’s E.H. Taylor whiskey during the recording process of Traveller. It quickly became a staple in his rotation of favorite drinks, and he has also worked with the bourbon brand in different fundraising initiatives, along with his wife Morgane, for their Outlaw State of Kind fund.
If you’re a fan of both Chris Stapleton and good whiskey, which certainly goes hand-in-hand, it sounds like this will certainly be worth trying out. Stapleton isn’t one to put his name on anything that is less than stellar, and it seems as though new venture this will be no different.
Traveller Whiskey is now available in retailers, bars and restaurants nationwide, and will run you $39.99 per bottle.