Buffalo Trace releases newest Experimental Collection whiskeys
There were several new whiskey releases announced while I was out of the office last week. I’ll get you up to speed on all of them over the next few days.
First up: the two newest Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection whiskeys. Details are below in the press release I received. I tasted both (a few times) informally over the weekend and I like both of them. (Formal review to follow soon.) The contrast between the two is striking.
BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES LATEST ROUND IN EXPERIMENTAL COLLECTION
French Oak Barrel Aged and American Oak Chips Seasoned Whiskeys are Latest in the Collection
FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Aug. 18, 2010) – After more than 15 years in the barrel, Buffalo Trace Distillery releases the two latest whiskeys in its highly acclaimed Experimental Collection – a French oak barrel aged whiskey and an American oak chips seasoned whiskey. This experiment explores the differences between whiskey that has been aged in a new toasted French oak barrel, versus whiskey aged in a used American white oak barrel that has been seasoned with toasted oak chips. “It’s incredibly exciting to see how experiments like this will turn out, and we’re thrilled to offer these two whiskeys after 15 years,” said Kris Comstock, brand manager for Buffalo Trace.
Both whiskeys were put up April 7, 1995 on the eighth floor of Warehouse K. Details are as follows:
- 1995 French Oak Barrel Aged: This barrel was filled on April 7, 1995 and bottled July 21, 2010. Buffalo Trace Rye Bourbon Mash Bill #2 was used and the product entered the barrel at 125 proof. After more than 15 years and 3 months of aging, the new toasted French Oak barrel added rich complexity and interesting flavors to this whiskey. The result is a leathery and woody whiskey that has a good depth with a dark, dry finish.
- 1995 American Oak Chips Seasoned: This barrel was filled on April 7, 1995 with Buffalo Trace Rye Bourbon Mash Bill #2 and toasted oak chips were added. After more than 15 years and 4 months of aging, this whiskey was bottled on August 5, 2010. The whiskey in this charred American White Oak barrel derived a smoky complexity from the toasted oak chip seasoning. It is a lighter whiskey for its age and has a good flavor without being heavy.
“Our Experimental Collection always allows us the opportunity to say “what if… and then to try it and see what happens,” said Harlen Wheatley, master distiller, Buffalo Trace Distillery. “It’s always great to learn from these experiments and see what works and what doesn’t. And the excitement from our fans as we release a new offering is always gratifying.”
There are more than 1,500 experimental barrels of whiskey now aging in the warehouses of Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each of these barrels has unique characteristics making it different from all others. Some examples of these experiments include unique mash bills, type of wood, and barrel toasts. In order to further increase the scope, flexibility and range of the experimental program, an entire micro distillery complete with cookers, fermenting tanks and a state of the art micro still has been constructed within Buffalo Trace Distillery.
The Experimental Collection will be packaged in 375ml bottles. Each label will include all the pertinent information unique to that barrel of whiskey. These whiskeys will be released in August 2010 and retail for approximately $46.35 each. Each experiment is very rare and very limited. For more information on the Experimental Collection or the other products of Buffalo Trace Distillery, please contact Kris Comstock at email@example.com.