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Buffalo Trace announces 2008 Antique Collection

October 7th, 2008

As sure as fall brings football and frost, there is always the highly anticipated Antique collection by Buffalo Trace. I received my formal press release this morning. I posted the relevant information below.

Last year’s release was solid across the line, with the possible exception of the William Larue Weller which I thought was still good, but a little too easy-going. Hopefully this year’s expression will be “beefed up” a little more. We’ll know soon enough. I should be getting review samples shortly.

Here’s the info:

The Antique Collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskies of various ages, recipes and proofs. Here is what whiskey lovers can expect:

Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old

Two time winner of the “American Whiskey of the Year” award, the 2008 release is comprised of whiskey that has been aging in Warehouse K on the first floor. The first floor enables the barrels to age slowly and gracefully. This vintage has a spicy aroma with very mature notes of oak and molasses.

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old

These barrels were distilled in the spring of 1991 and have been aging in Warehouse C. This bourbon was 17 years old at the time of bottling giving it almond, caramel and leather notes with a dry finish.

George T. Stagg

The 2008 George T. Stagg was found on the lower floors of Warehouse I and K. This bourbon was distilled back in the spring of 1993 and weighs in at a hardy 141.8 proof—very powerful stuff! The whiskey tastes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and mature oak.

William Larue Weller

William Larue Weller is the Antique Collection’s uncut, unfiltered, wheat recipe bourbon. The barrels were aged 11 years and two months on the ninth floor of Warehouse I. This William Larue Weller release registers at 125.3 proof. It tastes of dried fruit sweetness, soft vanilla and cinnamon spices.

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac is the newest addition to the Antique Collection. It is an uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey. The barrels were aged six years and five months on the fifth floor of Warehouse M with a proof of 127.5.  It’s very flavorful and will remind drinkers of “Christmas Cake.” 

The Antique Collection will be available in late October. For more information visit or contact Kris Comstock at or (502) 696-5936.

4 Responses to “Buffalo Trace announces 2008 Antique Collection”

  1. Kevin says:

    Great news! Looking forward to trying these at WhiskeyFest SF!

  2. John Hansell says:

    The were just bottled recently. Hopefully the will get there in time.

  3. Ethan Prater says:

    The Sazerac 18 text seems a bit disingenuous, given past news on this blog that it has in fact been sitting in steel tanks for at least the past two years.

    “… the 2008 release is comprised of whiskey that has been aging in Warehouse K on the first floor.”

    Maybe it aged there, but it *stopped* aging several years ago.

  4. John Hansell says:

    Ethan, yes, I think it was aged there before being put into stainless.

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