Buffalo Trace Oral History Project

Description: 
The Buffalo Trace Oral History Project includes interviews with a diverse group of current and retired employees of the Buffalo Trace Distillery and its affiliated brands, whose positions range from warehouse foreman to master distiller to president and CEO of Buffalo Trace's parent company, Sazerac. Also interviewed are family members of two significant figures from the distillery's past, Col. Albert B. Blanton and Col. E.H. Taylor Jr. The collection includes interviews that explore both the history and process of bourbon production. Historical topics discussed include the history of government regulation of bourbon, Prohibition, the history of the distillery site in Frankfort, the industry's economic struggles and successes, women and African Americans in the distillery, and the history of distillation in Kentucky. Production-related topics discussed include ingredient selection, fermentation, distillation, aging, bottling, quality control and marketing.

Project Accession: 
BIK003
Interview Keywords: 
bourbon  

Restriction: 
No Restrictions
Number of Interviews: 
13

 
 Interviewee(s)
 Accession Number
 Date
 Interviewer
 Access
 Restrictions
Ronnie Eddins  
Leonard Riddle  
2009oh017_bik001  
2008-10-16
Thomas Troland
Online
No restrictions
Freddie Johnson  
Jimmy Johnson  
2009oh019_bik002  
2008-10-16
Thomas Troland
Online
No restrictions
Harlen Wheatley  
2009oh021_bik003  
2008-10-30
Thomas Troland
Online
No restrictions
Elmer T. Lee  
2009oh023_bik004  
2008-10-30
Thomas Troland
Online
No restrictions
Alice Blanton  
2009oh025_bik005  
2008-10-30
Thomas Troland
Online
No restrictions
Mark Brown  
2009oh170_bik011  
2009-04-30
Thomas Troland
Online
No restrictions
Marsha Wiechman  
2009oh171_bik012  
2009-04-30
Thomas Troland
Online
No restrictions
E.H. Taylor Hay, Jr.  
2009oh248_bik013  
2009-10-20
Thomas Troland
Online
No restrictions
Richard Taylor  
2009oh249_bik014  
2009-10-20
Thomas Troland
Online
No restrictions
Maxine Wiley  
2010oh058_bik015  
2010-04-20
Thomas Troland
Online
No restrictions
Julian Van Winkle  
2010oh059_bik016  
2010-04-20
Thomas Troland
Online
No restrictions
Gary Ray Gayheart  
2011oh017_bik017  
2011-01-20
Thomas Troland
Online
No restrictions
Mike Veach  
2011oh018_bik018  
2011-02-03
Thomas Troland
Online
No restrictions

  

  

Persistent Link for this Record: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/catalog/xt7bnz80nz7q