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Published April 03, 2023 Updated April 03, 2023

Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace Kentucky bourbon whiskey promotion playing cards, 2014.

2014 United Kingdom Advertising Distillery Whisky Add to Collection

For a limited period in 2014 Buffalo Trace, a Kentucky bourbon whiskey, produced a pack of playing cards attached to special promotional bottles of Buffalo Trace available through Tesco, Asda, Booker and other selected retailers in the UK.

Unlike more conventional packs devoted to simply describing the cocktail ingredients, each card in this pack (except the aces) carries an image of an original Buffalo Trace cocktail plus its name, the bartender, the name of the bar where it was created, and a link to obtain its detailed composition. The aces display more conventional cocktails (e.g. mint julip; mojito). In other words, this pack allowed bartenders from bars across the UK to actually see their cocktails promoted to consumers in a free deck of playing cards. See the box

So, bartenders from Edinburgh featured on the cards include Euan Halliday from Tigerlily, and Gordon Purnell from Panda & Sons. From the North, there are cocktails from Tom Proud from the Hop & Cleaver in Newcastle upon Tyne, and Claudio Antonino from The Maven in Leeds. And from London bartenders include Maxime Creusot from Steam & Rye, Felicity Grandsen from The Cadogan Square, and Walter Neagu from JW Marriott.

Buffalo Trace Kentucky bourbon whiskey promotion playing cards, United Kingdom, 2014 Buffalo Trace Kentucky bourbon whiskey promotion playing cards, United Kingdom, 2014 Buffalo Trace Kentucky bourbon whiskey promotion playing cards, United Kingdom, 2014

Above: Buffalo Trace Kentucky bourbon whiskey promotion playing cards, United Kingdom, 2014.

The Buffalo Team has also included 2 jokers and an information card, reminding users of the rankings of various poker hands.

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By Peter Burnett

Member since July 27, 2022

I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.

Russian Playing Cards

Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.

Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.


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