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Family & Children’s Place auctioning ultra-rare bourbon

January 25, 2017

Aficionados, collectors can bid online for bottle of 1980 vintage Old Fashioned Copper

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 25, 2017) – Family & Children’s Place is pleased to be one of 200 charities across the country to receive a bottle of ultra-rare bourbon to auction to support our work preventing and treating child violence, abuse and neglect. Aficionados can bid for the highly desired spirit on the CharityAuctions website:

The bottle of O.F.C. (Old Fashioned Copper) comes from a rare and special release of vintage spirit by Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky. The special release comprises only 200 bottles: 100 bottles from the year 1980, 50 bottles from 1982, and 50 bottles from 1983. The agency’s bottle is dated 1980.

Family & Children’s Place is auctioning the bottle – an opportunity for bourbon aficionados and collectors to procure this singular bourbon for their collection while supporting an agency providing critical services to children and families hurt by abuse.

“This is a few of a kind bourbon, and we are very fortunate to be among those selected for this incredible opportunity,” said Pam Darnall, agency president and CEO. “We have high hopes for the auction, which will provide invaluable funds to support our work with children and families hurt by abuse.”

The O.F.C. brand stems from the 1870 christening of the Old Fire Copper (O.F.C.) Distillery along the Kentucky River in Frankfort by Col. E.H. Taylor Jr. The distillery featured copper fermentation vats, column stills and a first-of-its-kind steam heating system, still used in Buffalo Trace warehouses today.

Typically, Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey must be aged in a new white oak barrel for at least two years, but as the vintage implies, these bottles matured much longer. Whiskey remaining in the barrels after maturation – a percentage of bourbon evaporates over time, what distillers call “angel’s share” – was bottled as taste reached its flavor peak.

The whiskey is bottled in a lead-free crystal bottle with detailed fluting – a replica of an O.F.C. decanter dating back to the early 1900s found in the Buffalo Trace Distillery archives. Each bottle comes in a cylinder-shaped presentation box, which prominently bears the O.F.C. name in copper, along with a copper plaque depicting the year the bourbon was distilled.

A provenance card is included inside each display box, containing the same information found on the back label, and each box is packaged in a cream-colored bag to protect it from damage.

Detailed information about the O.F.C can be found at:

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About Family & Children’s Place
Family & Children’s Place protects Kentuckiana children, families and communities from abuse, neglect and exploitation, and helps move them from hurting to healing.  We serve nearly 5,000 children and families annually through trauma-informed and impact-evident services.  For more information about Family and Children’s Place, visit or call 502-893-3900.