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Unique WhiskyFest SF Whisky #5: Buffalo Trace

August 1st, 2009

As I mentioned in previous postings, a handful of distillery managers and master blenders have each agreed to make one unique bottle of whisky (bottle #1 of 1) for WhiskyFest San Francisco this October 16th. These whiskies will, naturally, be rarer than any other bottle of whisky the ever produced, because there is only one bottle. For a small donation to charity, you will have the opportunity to taste one of these whiskies.

You can read about our first four whiskies here. This is our first bourbon participating. It’s from Buffalo Trace. Here are the details, as described to me by my friends at the distillery.

Our charity Buffalo Trace bottle contains the very first sample ever drawn from our “Millennium Barrel”. This barrel was filled on December 31, 1999, that’s why we call it our “Millennium Barrel”. It was the very last barrel that we filled on the last day of the last century.

This barrel was aged in our one-of-a-kind single barrel warehouse for nearly 10 years. The single barrel warehouse is a very tight warehouse which tends to age bourbon gracefully, so the flavors are nicely balanced. The bourbon has a traditional bourbon flavor with some nice wood flavors, strong, but not overpowering. Hints of caramel are present and the complexity is well balanced.  As an added bonus, we’ll fill the charity bottle at barrel proof, uncut and unfiltered.

Very cool! Thanks guys!

6 Responses to “Unique WhiskyFest SF Whisky #5: Buffalo Trace”

  1. Kevin says:

    Definitely looking forward to this…

  2. Tony M says:

    Kudos to Buffalo Trace, and every other distillery that are donating these whiskies for charity!! I wish that I could be there to sample them!

  3. Yossi says:

    Hi John,
    Will there be anything special like this for the fest in NY this November?

  4. John Hansell says:

    Yossi, if there’s anything leftover from SF, we will bring it to NY. There will be other charity whiskies as well.

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