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Review: New Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection

March 9th, 2008

I got the samples on Friday, tasted them yesterday and wrote up the notes. My review of each is below.

I am seeing a pattern here with these younger vs. older whiskeys in Experimental Collection series. The younger expressions have generally been pretty good, while most of the older ones have been ages too long.

Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection (Cabernet Franc aged after 6 years), 14 year old, 45%, $47
Aged in a Cabernet Franc barrel for 8 years after spending 6 years in new charred oak barrels. Bright amber, with maple syrup, vanilla, candy corn, white chocolate, cinnamon and ripe berried fruit. Nice tannic grip, especially on the finish. Great balance between the sweetness, fruit and tannins. This is what finishing is all about: giving more than it takes away (or masks). Nicely done!

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 91

Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection (Cabernet Franc aged after 8 years), 16 year old, 45%, $47
Antique amber. Deeper, brooding, and less sweet than the 14 year old bottling. Distinct notes of leather, roasted nuts and hints of tobacco on the nose and palate, along with some of the flavors of its younger sibling. It works on the nose, but the tannins (both from the wine and oak) impart a leather component that just dominates the palate.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 78

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