Buffalo Trace Distillery has released details about its 2016 Antique Collection of five limited-release whiskeys.
Introduced more than a decade ago, the Antique Collection has gained a cult following among whiskey connoisseurs. The 2016 Antique Collection whiskeys will be available in limited quantities starting in late September or early October. The suggested retail prices are $90 each, per 750-ml. bottle.
George T. Stagg
George T. Stagg — an uncut, unfiltered bourbon — comes in at 144.1 proof this year. This year’s release contains bourbon from barrels filled in the spring of 2001. This batch contained 142 barrels, but not as many bottles as expected, the company says, due to angel’s share. Storage location of these barrels varied across warehouses M, N, H, L and K. This whiskey tastes of dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla, the company says.
William Larue Weller
The Antique Collection’s uncut, unfiltered, wheated-recipe bourbon is William Larue Weller. The 2016 offering was distilled in the spring of 2003 and aged on the third and sixth floors of Warehouses D, K, and L. This bourbon registers in at 135.4 proof – one of the stronger Weller releases. Flavors include plum, figs and vanilla.
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye
Thomas H. Handy is the uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey. This year’s Handy was distilled in the spring of 2010; aged on the fourth, fifth and seventh floors of Warehouses I, K, and M; and weighs in at 126.2 proof. The flavor has been described as toffee and cinnamon.
Eagle Rare 17 Year Old
The 2016 edition has been aging on the first, second and third floors of Warehouses H and K. This 90-proof bourbon was aged for seventeen years and tastes of leather, vanilla, tobacco and toffee.
Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old
This 2016 straight rye whiskey release has flavors of smoke, clove and all-spice with a dry finish. The barrels for this whiskey were filled in April of 1998, making them the first “new” batch in years not drawn from the stainless steel tank as the previous past few editions have been, the company says. From this year onward, this whiskey will be drawn directly from barrels put away for 18 years, versus using any tanked whiskey.