Item Name: Buffalo Trace Carving a Trail to Great Bourbon
Item Number: Buffalo Trace
Price: $39.95



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About the Book



Buffalo Trace, Carving the Trail to Great Bourbon, is an incredible photographic tribute by David Toczko to one of Kentucky’s historic treasures. Within these beautiful pages, one can take a pictorial walking tour of the oldest continuously operating distillery in America. Released almost two years to the date from the start of the project, David shares more than 250 stunning color images from over 3,000 photographs taken during the course of its production. The book showcases the scenic landscapes found on the 130 acre site as well as the historic buildings, the process involved in making this award-winning bourbon and sneak peeks behind the scenes.

Located on the banks of the Kentucky River in Frankfort, KY, the Buffalo Trace distillery has endured floods, fires and even Prohibition in its 200 year history to become one of the premier bourbon brands in the world and in 2013 earned the distinction of a National Historic Landmark.

Each book will be a large 9x12 inch, hardbound “coffee-table” volume with more than 200 pages, printed in full-color on durable glossy paper for superior photo reproduction and provides a lasting tribute to care and quality that goes into making Buffalo Trace bourbon.



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What Folks are Saying About Buffalo Trace…


“These photos reveal a remarkable dedication to the Kentucky tradition of making fine bourbon whiskey. My thanks to the many Buffalo Trace workers who uphold this historic legacy.”

 U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell


“There is no greater feeling than stepping onto the grounds of Buffalo Trace Distillery; a feeling of calmness washes over you as you experience a sensory overload with the smells of fermenting mash and the angel’s share that emanates from the warehouses. The lush grounds, babbling stream, and beautifully detailed buildings are a visual feast for the eyes. Photographer David Toczko captures the essence of one of Kentucky’s oldest, and finest, distilleries in this not-to-be missed book.” 

 Senator Julian Carroll


“Bourbon and Thoroughbred horse racing are distinctly “Kentucky,” both forever colorfully intertwined in the state’s rich history and culture. Buffalo Trace Distillery is one of those truly rare and magical places that make the Commonwealth so special to those of us fortunate enough to call it home. Photographer David Toczko has skillfully captured not only the scenic beauty and unique charm of this historic distillery, but he has succeeded in giving readers a sense of the old-world craftsmanship Buffalo Trace employs in making its award-winning bourbon.”

—  Bill Thomason, President, Keeneland Race Course


“Although I have visited Buffalo Trace dozens of times, I’ve missed many of the sights captured in this book. It is both that comprehensive and well-observed, an important historical document and a beautiful work of art.” 

 Charles K. Cowdery, Author of Bourbon, Straight.


"We are fortunate to have such an important, historic distillery nestled right here in the heart of the Bluegrass. These photos truly reflect the beauty of Buffalo Trace Distillery, as well as the timeless tradition of producing the distinctive spirit of the United States and the hardworking people who support and sustain Kentucky’s signature Bourbon industry.”

Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6)


"This treasure of a book conveys the magical world of bourbon in all of its rich history, traditions, sights, sounds and smells.  This is a place that only gets better with age and the photography captures this timelessness perfectly."

  Chef Edward Lee, James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast finalist 2011-2014




About The Photographer



David Toczko is a long-time Kentucky resident and a Western Kentucky University graduate. His interest in photography began in 1985 and has grown from a passionate hobby to a career as a freelance, commercial photographer. His work is internationally published and has been acclaimed for its richness and depth of color, texture and clarity. His artistic vision is to create photographs with both visual and emotional impact. Recent efforts are focused in his signature style of low light/natural light, which adds a dimension not always found in the studio. His first book, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill: 50th Anniversary of the Restoration, was published in 2010 by Acclaim Press and received an ADDY Award for its design. His second book, The Ambassador of Bourbon: Maker’s Mark and the Rebirth of America’s Native Spirit, was published in 2012 by Acclaim Press and features more than 250 photographs of the Maker’s Mark Distillery and grounds in Loretto, Kentucky, and also received an ADDY Award for book design.

David is a juried member of the Visual Arts with the Kentucky Arts Council, an Official Kentucky Derby Archive Team Photographer, a Louisville Ballet Archive Photographer, and a member of the Professional Photographers of America. His Shaker photographs and other works have appeared in both national and international magazines, catalogs and publications, including the Shaker Workshops Catalogs. His photographs are exhibited in galleries and shows throughout Kentucky, and have been selected to appear at the Kentucky State Capitol Rotunda, the Senate Office of the Kentucky State Capitol Annex, and the Kentucky First Lady’s Office.





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