First bourbon bottle to be sold as an NFT

Schenelle Dsouza
It’s raining NFTs everywhere. Recently, it was reported that Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky collaborated with NFT Platform BlockBar for a five-day auction of their vintage O.F.C Bourbon (1982) but in a supersized variant.
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The auction starts from today but will continue till March 18. It will feature five six-litre bottles of the ultra-rare whiskey to be auctioned as a non-fungible token (NFT) BlockBar’s website. The collaboration marks BlockBar’s first-ever auction and the first bourbon sold on its platform. The five bottles of O.F.C. Vintage 1982 will be auctioned off with a starting bid of approximately USD 25,000.
The original distillery
All the O.F.C. vintages are named after Buffalo Trace Distillery’s original moniker, the Old Fashioned Copper (O.F.C.) Distillery.
Buffalo Trace Distillery
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Distilled in 1982, at what was then George T. Stagg Distillery, the O.F.C. Bourbon Whiskey is Buffalo Trace’s only vintage-dated bourbon. The whiskey was first aged for 19 years, then left to rest for 21 years in stainless steel tanks meant to stop the ageing process.
Harlen Wheatley, Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace Distillery, details the taste as sophisticated, with an extraordinarily rich and buttery flavour with layers of apple, pecans, ripened pear, dark Belgian chocolate, caramel and a kiss of black cherries.
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“This remarkable whiskey transitions to a memorable finish of dried dark fruit with delightful lingering oak. All the time knowing that you’re tasting history as you taste the last drops,” said Wheatley. “This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime taste experience.”
Crystal art
Like its predecessors in the O.F.C. line, the 1982 Vintage is presented in an elegant, hand-cut crystal bottle with inlaid copper lettering custom created for the brand, but “supersized” in a six-litre bottle. A bottle of this magnitude has rarely been seen on the whiskey market. At six litres, this bottle is nine times the size of a usual whiskey bottle and holds over a gallon of whiskey, standing at 2 feet tall and weighing 22.5 pounds with liquid inside. The cap itself weighs in at a hefty six pounds.

 

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Glass artisans cut the shoulder facets of the bottle using equipment created exclusively for Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each bottle was manually polished to achieve maximum glass brilliance before in-laying cut copper lettering to spell out “O.F.C.” on the front. The bottle is housed inside a wooden display case, along with a provenance card that notes the milestones of the year 1982, including iconic moments like the launch of the first CD player and Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ being named the #1 album seller of all time.
The auction
Each of the five NFTs will represent an authentic six-litre sized bottle of O.F.C Vintage 1982, available to be redeemed by December 31, 2022. When redeemed, the NFT holder will also unlock a personal invitation to Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY for a private VIP tour experience that includes exclusive tastings of whiskeys from its rarest and most sought-after private collection, including some previous vintages from the O.F.C. collection.

 

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Upon purchase of the NFT, the cryptographic version will be held securely by BlockBar.com, with a record of authenticity held on the blockchain as a digital certificate of ownership. The buyer may choose to redeem the physical product, and have it delivered from BlockBar’s secure storage facility, safely trade its NFT version within the BlockBar.com marketplace, keep in their virtual bar or gift the NFT through BlockBar’s new gifting platform.
Supporting charities  
“We have been inspired by what our charity partners have done to help communities worldwide and are proud to help further their missions through the release of our exclusive O.F.C Vintage 1982 NFTs,” said Vice President of Marketing for Buffalo Trace Distillery, Sara Saunders. “We are thrilled to bring our rich history and philanthropic efforts to the forefront of today’s technology and we couldn’t ask for a better ally than BlockBar to help us achieve that,” she continued. 
Proceeds from each of the winning final bids will benefit World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization that provides meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises, The James Beard Foundation, Elton John Aids Foundation, The Art of Elysium and 261 Fearless, a non-profit for women’s empowerment.
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To make a bid using ETH, users must have the funds in their wallet and be connected to BlockBar. At 10:00 AM EST, all winning bidders will have two hours to submit the full balance. Payment will be accepted through Eth or fiat money. Bids planning to use Wire Transfer must pre-approve the option. Check you the auction here 
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