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Chris Stapleton is teaming up with Buffalo Trace Distillery and its popular E. H. Taylor Jr. brand on a special “Bottled in Bond Commemorative Single Barrel” edition for charity. Proceeds from the sale of the bottles will go to Stapleton’s charitable fund, Outlaw State of Kind, which offers grants to local organizations in the South like the American Red Cross, Farm Aid, Habitat for Humanity and Musicians on Call, among others.
Two bottles are being made available for the collaboration, and they are up for auction now on charitybuzz.com. One prize pack includes an autographed bottle of the E. H. Taylor Single Barrel, plus four tickets to Stapleton’s April concert in Lexington; a VIP tour and tasting for four at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky; and E. H. Taylor, Jr. branded merch.
The second release up for auction includes a bottle of the Stapleton Single Barrel, plus two tickets to any Stapleton concert in 2022, along with E. H. Taylor, Jr. merchandise. Other bottles will be released throughout the year through Stapleton’s charitable fund, Outlaw State of Kind.
The bottles were released in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of “Bottled in Bond Day,” on March 3. It marks the day Congress passed the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897, which was the first piece of legislation that gave whiskey an indisputable mark of authenticity. (Up until then, people could pass off their spirits as “whiskey” and there was no way to authenticate their claims).
The bottle, meantime, is named after Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr., who was nicknamed the “Father of the Modern Bourbon Industry” for leading the charge to get the Bottled in Bond Act passed.
Stapleton, who’s been a long-time fan of E. H. Taylor bourbon, says it was a no-brainer to team up with the brand.
“The first glass of E.H. Taylor, Jr. I ever had was in the studio,” he says, in a release. “That week we recorded an entire album, and that album was Traveller. We’ve made it a point to keep a bottle around ever since. We’re proud to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Bottled in Bond Day with this special Single Barrel bottling,” he continues. “All proceeds raised by these bottles will benefit Outlaw State of Kind, our charitable fund that is dedicated to giving back to the people and communities that continue to play a vital role in our journey.”
This is the second year that Stapleton has partnered up with E.H. Taylor for “Bottled in Bond Day.” The singer offered up five signed bottles for bidding last year, with all proceeds benefiting disaster relief in Texas and Kentucky, after winter storms and flooding ravaged a number of communities.
Want to get your hands on a similar bottle? Delivery site Drizly.com has the E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Bourbon available online right now in super limited edition. It’s similar to the release that Stapleton selected for his charitable campaign though of course with bourbon, no two single barrels will be alike, making each bottle unique.