Harlen Wheatley

Title

Harlen Wheatley

Subject

Whiskey
Whiskey industry--Kentucky--History.
Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Distilleries--Kentucky
Whiskey industry--Kentucky
Bourbon whiskey
Distillation.
Quality control.
Quality of products.
Distillers.

Description

Harlen Wheatley, from Florence, Kentucky, came to work at Buffalo Trace in 1994 after graduating college with degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering. In 2005, Wheatley became master distiller. In this interview, Wheatley explains what master distillers do, including their responsibilities in the distillery and with the public. Wheatley explains the origin of bourbon and defines bourbon. He describes the process of bourbon production, including the selection of ingredients, cooking, fermentation, distillation, aging, and tasting. Wheatley also talks about how variables in the different stages of production can affect bourbon's flavor. He explains that Buffalo Trace produces experimental bourbons to explore the effects of these variables. Wheatley then talks about the renaming of the distillery and the Buffalo Trace brand. He also discusses the future of the distillery and the bourbon industry as a whole.

Format

video

Identifier

2009OH021BIK003

Interviewer

Thomas Troland

Interviewee

Harlen Wheatley

Interview Keyword

Yeast
Alcohol--Law and legislation
Chemistry.
Whiskey--Analysis
Liquors--Gaging and testing

Sort Priority

0006

Files

Wheatley.PNG


Citation

“Harlen Wheatley,” Buffalo Trace Distillery Oral History Project, accessed August 18, 2019, https://nunncenter.net/buffalotrace/items/show/3.