In 1869, Thomas H. Handy purchased the Sazerac Coffeehouse and began acquiring and marketing brands of liquor. He bought out the rights to Peychaud's Bitters in 1873. In the 1890s his company began to bottle and market the Sazerac cocktail, now made with rye whiskey instead of brandy. Years on, Handy's former secretary, C. J. O'Reilly, chartered the Sazerac Company. Ever since, the Sazerac Company has distilled an ever-increasing line of fine spirits. Today, the company is still an independent, American family owned company and proud owners of many of America's most venerable distilling companies such as Buffalo Trace Distillery, Glenmore Distillery and many more.