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Chris Stapleton Teams Up With Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley For Traveller Whiskey

Chris Stapleton Traveller Whiskey Buffalo Trace

Traveller whiskey and Chris Stapleton bring together country music and whiskey.

Chris Stapleton has teamed up with Buffalo Trace Distillery Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley to launch Traveller Whiskey. Created from a unique combination of whiskeys hand-selected from The Sazerac Company’s various distilleries, this blended whiskey is the result of hours of testing and tasting and celebrated craftsmanship, whether that’s for music or spirits.

“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,” said Wheatley. “That’s why we experimented with more than 50 blends before agreeing that Blend No. 40 would be it for Traveller.”

Bottled at 90 proof, Traveller Whiskey features aromas of vanilla, aged fruit, and buttery shortbread, rounded off by caramel and a touch of oak. The palate showcases a touch of sweetness, followed by spice, toasted nut and oak flavors, closing with a robust finish. 

Born just down the road from Buffalo Trace in Lexington, Kentucky, Stapleton’s relationship with the distillery grew while he recorded his first studio album, Traveller. It was during those sessions that he was first introduced to E.H. Taylor, which soon became a staple on his home bar. Since then, Buffalo Trace has collaborated with Chris and Morgane Stapleton’s charitable fund, Outlaw State of Kind, for multiple fundraising initiatives.

Chris Stapleton Traveller Whiskey Buffalo Trace
Traveller Whiskey

“Partnering with Buffalo Trace Distillery and Harlen Wheatley feels like a bucket list scenario for me,” said Stapleton. “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 added: “This is a whiskey for everyone, whether you’ve been enjoying all the variety in the category for years or are just now discovering it. Traveller stands up on its own as a smooth and sippable whiskey or works great in a cocktail, if that’s more your style,” said Wheatley. “But especially if you’ve tried whiskey before and been turned away by the burn – we think you’ll take one sip of this and think to yourself, “OK, now this I can do.”

Traveller Whiskey has been widely released to retailers, bars, and restaurants nationwide at a suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.

Previously, Buffalo Trace Distillery teamed up with Stapleton to release a commemorative single barrel E. H. Taylor, Jr bourbon celebrating the 125th passing of the Bottled in Bond Act.