Buffalo Trace Distillery has released details on its 2017 Antique Collection.
The highly anticipated collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs. The 2017 Antique Collection whiskeys will be available in limited quantities this October. Suggested retail price is $90 per 750-ml. bottle.
“I was particularly excited about the William Larue Weller with its extra richness, and the Eagle Rare 17 seemed more rounded and full of flavor. None of these disappointed,” says Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley.
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.
Here’s what consumers can expect from the 2017 Antique Collection:
George T. Stagg
George T. Stagg weighs in at 129.2 proof this year. This year’s release contains bourbon from barrels filled in the spring of 2002. This batch contained 309 barrels, a few more than last year. Storage location of these barrels varied across warehouses C, K, M and Q. This whiskey tastes of expresso, chocolate fudge and tobacco, the company reports
William Larue Weller
The 2017 offering of this uncut, unfiltered, wheated recipe bourbon was distilled in the winter of 2005 and aged in Warehouses D, I, and P. This bourbon is 128.2 proof. The flavors include toffee, marshmallow and leather, the company says.
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye
This year’s Handy, uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey, was distilled in the spring of 2011, aged on the third, fourth and fifth floors of Warehouses K, L, and Q, and weighs in at 127.2 proof. The flavor is described as fig, allspice and cinnamon.
Eagle Rare 17 Year Old
The 2017 edition has been aging on the first, second and third floors of Warehouses C, K and P. This 90-proof bourbon was aged for seventeen years and tastes of oak, tobacco, toffee and vanilla, the company says.
Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old
This 2017 straight rye whiskey release has notable flavors of leather, clove and all-spice, the company says. The barrels for this whiskey were filled in the spring of 1998, and then put into a stainless steel tank in 2016 to stop further aging and evaporation.