History Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. Father of the Modern Bourbon Industry (1830-1923) Although the early days of bourbon making in Kentucky are often recounted with legends and lore, Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr., left an undisputed and invaluable legacy for America’s favorite spirit. One of Kentucky’s original Bourbon aristocrats, Taylor was an industry leader who greatly advanced the quality of Kentucky Bourbon and safeguarded the Bourbon label from bogus producers. Called the "father of the modern bourbon industry," Taylor started and/or owned seven different distilleries throughout his career, the most successful being the O.F.C. and Carlisle distilleries, the forerunners of today’s Buffalo Trace Distillery.
History Taylor was orphaned at an early age and sent to New Orleans to live with his uncle Zachary Taylor. He then returned to Kentucky where he was adopted and raised by another uncle. In 1869, Taylor purchased a small distillery on the banks of the Kentucky River and named it O.F.C. , derived from the traditional distilling method he adopted using "Old Fashioned Copper". Taylor implemented a number of groundbreaking improvements to his distillery that earned him the reputation of being a bourbon visionary. One of his innovations was the use of copper fermentation vats for the wooden tubs - a unique technique for his time. He also bought new grinding machinery, massive column copper stills, and constructed the nation’s first climate-controlled aging warehouses. His capital investment and overriding attention to detail demonstrated his commitment to producing whiskey of unparalleled quality. The name O.F.C. because of became synonymous with quality whiskey and innovation.