Interview with Harlen Wheatley, October 30, 2008

Project: Bourbon in Kentucky: Buffalo Trace Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Harlen Wheatley, from Florence, Kentucky, came to work at Buffalo Trace in 1994 after graduating college with degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering. In 2005, Wheatley became master distiller. In this interview, Wheatley explains what master distillers do, including their responsibilities in the distillery and with the public. Wheatley explains the origin of bourbon and defines bourbon. He describes the process of bourbon production, including the selection of ingredients, cooking, fermentation, distillation, aging, and tasting. Wheatley also talks about how variables in the different stages of production can affect bourbon's flavor. He explains that Buffalo Trace produces experimental bourbons to explore the effects of these variables. Wheatley then talks about the renaming of the distillery and the Buffalo Trace brand. He also discusses the future of the distillery and the bourbon industry as a whole.

Interview Accession

2009oh021_bik003

Interviewee Name

Harlen Wheatley

Interviewer Name

Thomas Troland

Interview Date

2008-10-30

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Wheatley, Harlen Interview by Thomas Troland. 30 Oct. 2008. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Wheatley, H. (2008, October 30). Interview by T. Troland. Bourbon in Kentucky: Buffalo Trace Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Wheatley, Harlen, interview by Thomas Troland. October 30, 2008, Bourbon in Kentucky: Buffalo Trace Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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