BUFFALO TRACE ANTIQUE COLLECTION
Whiskey aficionados can start their holiday shopping early with the Buffalo Trace Distillery release of its 2014 Antique Collection in late September. The highly anticipated collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs. Here’s what loyal fans can expect:
George T. Stagg
The 2013 release of this perennial favorite received the prestigious Chairman’s Trophy during the 2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. Barrels for this year’s George T. Stagg bottling were selected from Warehouses C, H, I, K, L, P, and Q. This uncut and unfiltered bourbon was distilled back in the spring of 1998 and weighs in at 138.1 proof. Although still highly allocated, happily there are a few more bottles available this year since Buffalo Trace increased distillation for George T. Stagg back in 1997. This whiskey tastes of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and dates.
William Larue Weller
The Antique Collection’s uncut, unfiltered, wheated recipe bourbon is William Larue Weller. The previous edition was given a “95” rating by Whisky Advocate Magazine. The 2014 offering was distilled in the spring of 2002 and aged on the second, third, fourth, and sixth floors of Warehouses D, K, and L. This bourbon registers in at 140.2 proof – the strongest Weller release ever. The bold flavors include dark molasses, plums, and toffee.
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye
Thomas H. Handy is the uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey. The 2013 edition was named “World’s Best Rye Whiskey” at the 2014 World Whiskies Awards. This year’s Handy was distilled in the spring of 2008, aged on the fifth floor of Warehouse M and weighs in at 129.2 proof. The flavor has been described as Christmas cake, allspice, coconut, and clove.
Eagle Rare 17 Year Old
The previous edition of this bourbon was honored with a Silver Outstanding Medal at the 2013 International Wine and Spirits Competition. The 2014 edition has been aging on the second, third and sixth floors of Warehouses I and K. This bourbon was aged nearly two decades and tastes of oak, leather, cinnamon, and tobacco.
Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old
Last year Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old was awarded a Gold Medal from Whisky Magazine’s World Whisky Awards. This 2014 straight rye whiskey release was aged in Warehouse K and has notable flavor of all-spice, molasses and hints of mint, along with a long, dry finish.
The Antique Collection was introduced more than a decade ago and has become a cult favorite among whiskey connoisseurs. Since 2000 these whiskeys have garnered numerous awards from such notable publications as Whisky Advocate Magazine, Spirit Journal, and Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
The 2014 Antique Collection whiskeys will be available in limited quantities starting in late September or early October. Suggested retail price is $80 each. For more information visit www.greatbourbon.com.
2014 Fall Bourbon Releases
>>Buffalo Antique Collection
>>Maker’s Cask Strength
>> Elijah Craig 23-Year Old Single Barrel
>> Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch
>> Old Forester’s Birthday Bourbon
>> Parker’s Heritage Collection
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>> Jim Beam Quarter Cask & Harvest
>> Michter’s Toasted Barrel