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Rare Buffalo Trace bottles raised $150,000 for charity

Buffalo Trace's Millennium Barrel bourbon.

Photo courtesy Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace's Millennium Barrel bourbon. Photo courtesy Buffalo Trace Distillery Photo courtesy Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery announced Thursday it raised more than $150,000 for charities with its limited Millennium Barrel Bourbon.

On Dec. 31, 1999, the distillery began aging the last barrel of that century, which it dubbed the "Millennium Barrel." It yielded 174 individually numbered bottles, all of which were donated to charities.

In total, the sale of the bottles raised $152,557 for the organizations, which spanned the country, and included a number of local groups including Lexington Habitat for Humanity. The latter sold the bottle in its annual Bids 4 Builds fund-raising auction late last year.

The charity netting the most from its bottle was the Indiana State University Foundation, which organized a trip to Kentucky, tours of bourbon country and a visit to the distillery. There, the Buffalo Trace tour guide drew the name of the participant to receive the bottle. In total, the foundation raised $7,000.

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