Saturday, January 25, 2020

Old Charter Oak Chinkapin Oak

On December 6, 2018, Buffalo Trace announced their first release in the Old Charter Oak series, Old Charter Oak Mongolian Oak. Since then they have released Old Charter Oak French Oak (Spring 2019) and Old Charter Oak Canadian Oak (Fall 2019). Now it appears they may be about ready for the next release in the series, Old Charter Oak Chinkapin Oak.
Labels from the TTB Online COLA Registry
As of this post, I don’t really have much information on this release other than the label which I found on the TTB Online COLA Registry. I have reached out to Buffalo Trace to see if they can provide any information and I will update you here if I hear anything.
A Chinkapin Oak (photo courtesy of
Since we don’t know much about the release, let’s look at the chinkapin oak. According to,
“the chinkapin oak is also commonly referred to as a yellow chestnut oak, rock oak or yellow oak. Early pioneers used its straight wood to make thousands of miles of fences in the states of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Later on, the trees were used to fuel the steamships that ran from Pittsburgh to New Orleans. They were also used as railroad ties for the new railroads that crisscrossed the Midwest.”
 Native to the Chicago area, the chinkapin oak can also be found in the central and eastern United States.
Unfortunately, that is all I really know at this time but I will post an update if I learn any new information. Until then,

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