Sazerac Rye 18 yr. old, Part IIJanuary 15th, 2008
Expanding on my blog posting last Thursday regarding the past two vintages of Sazerac Rye 18 year old being stored in stainless steel tanks, I thought it would be interesting to discuss the reasons why this is happening.
The obvious one is to keep the whiskey from aging longer, which would increase the risk of the whiskey getting too old and woody. But, why would Buffalo Trace do this in the first place? Why not just bottle more of it? (They could bottle ten times the amount they currently bottle and it would still sell.)
Because you don’t have any more, that’s why. Excluding the 18 year old stock currently in stainless, the oldest rye destined to be Sazerac Rye 18 year old is only 11 years old. That stash of 18 year old in stainless , as President and CEO Mark Brown told me, “will trickle out over the next 7 years” until a new and consistent supply of 18 year old rye whiskey is fully matured.
So, Sazerac Rye 18 year old will continue to be in very short supply for several more years. If you find some, and you like rye whiskey, stock up!
And one final note, before you ask. Yes, according to Mark Brown, the Sazerac Rye 18 year old stored in stainless is, indeed, 18 years old, not older (which it could legally be).