Buffalo Trace releases Antique Collection 2018
The Buffalo Trace Distillery again has released five limited edition whiskeys as part of their annual Antique Collection
Autumn is just around the corner and it's only a matter of time before the American tradition comes to the fore and the family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky announces the whiskeys of its annual Antique Collection. Unfortunately, these selected and highly sought-after bottlings hardly ever reach specialist retail shops on the European continent, but with a little luck you might be able to get a bottle on the spot.
Bourbon and Rye Whiskeys
The collection again consists of five limited whiskeys of different ages, recipes and proofs. These are: George T. Stagg Bourbon, William Larue Weller Bourbon, Eagle Rare 17 year old Bourbon, Sazerac 18 year old Rye and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye. Compared to last year, the alcohol content of Eagle Rare 17 year old increased significantly from 90 proof (45% abv) to now 101 proof (50.5% abv). This was the brand's original drinking strength when it was launched in 1974 and will now be a permanent change to the proof for the upcoming Eagle Rare bottlings in the Antique Collection.
The Antique Collection by Buffalo Trace was introduced more than a decade ago and has since achieved cult status among whiskey connoisseurs. Since 2000, these whiskeys have received numerous awards from renowned specialist magazines and experts. The five whiskeys of the Antique Collection 2018 will be available in limited quantities from the end of September or beginning of October.
The five whiskeys of the Antique Collection
George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Distilled: Spring 2003
Age: 15 years
Bottled: a total of 284 barrels
Alcohol content: 124.9 Proof
This whiskey tastes of dark chocolate, espresso and tobacco.
William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Distilled: Winter 2006
Age: 12 years
Bottled: a total of 149 barrels
Alcohol content: 125.7 Proof
This whiskey has powerful aromas of dried fruit, figs and caramelized vanilla.
Eagle Rare 17 years Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Distilled: Spring 2000
Age: 18 years
Bottled: a total of 45 barrels
Alcohol content: 101 Proof
This bourbon tastes of roasted oak, coffee, spearmint and butterscotch.
Sazerac 18 years Kentucky Straight Rye
Distilled: Spring 1998
Age: 18 years
Bottled: a total of 24 barrels
Alcohol content: 90 Proof
This rye whiskey has notable aromas of dark chocolate, tobacco and cinnamon.
Thomas H. Cell Phone Sazerac Straight Rye
Distilled: Spring 2012
Age: 6 years
Bottled: total 73 barrels
Alcohol content: 128.8 Proof
The flavor profile of this rye whiskey includes hints of allspice, teaberry, and clove.