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Review: Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection 2010 release

September 15th, 2010

There are two again this year. And once again, there’s an interesting contract between the two. I’m liking the lighter, cleaner, more elegant one better. You might have a difficult time trying to find these whiskeys at the suggested retail price listed below, given that they are very much in demand.

Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection, 1995 Vintage, “American Oak Chips Seasoned,” 45%, $47/375ml
Surprisingly light and fresh for a 15 year old whiskey. Crisply spiced, with cinnamon, evergreen, vanilla, anise and teaberry. Hint of dried fruit, kissed with light honey and a wisp of smoke. Balanced and clean throughout, and very drinkable. I’m finding it very hard to find anything to gripe about here. An excellent whiskey!

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 95

Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection, 1995 Vintage, “French Oak Barrel Aged,” 45%, $47/375ml
Dark, big and brooding. A mouthful of oak spice, resin, and leather. Surprisingly (and happily) the oak is never excessive—even on the finish. A mélange of toffee, maple syrup, candied corn props it all up. The flavors aren’t as well defined as its sibling release (reviewed above), and there’s a peculiar hint of “dunnage warehouse” (think damp earth) to it that adds intrigue. A very characterful whiskey worthy of debate.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 88

18 Responses to “Review: Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection 2010 release”

  1. Gary says:

    I will probably never see either one of those whiskies. But, I would sure like to try them.

  2. Marc says:

    What is the exact release of these whiskies? Are they bottling a decent number, or did they have limited stock and so they decided to use the 375s? I’d like to pick up both, as I already carry the White Dog, and a nice lil Buffalo Trace 375 collection would be killer.

  3. David D says:

    I think our store allocation is one bottle of each and we’re big. I can’t imagine how anyone would secure a bottle without knowing someone

    • pj says:

      that isn’t what I wanted to hear…

    • Texas says:

      One bottle?? With all due respect to the folks in the bourbon industry… the Scotch industry gets hammered for snobbery and elitism with ludicrous prices. Isn’t what BTEC doing something similar? Except in this case you have to be some sort of insider to buy any. That’s a form of elitism isn’t it? The BTAC is similar I suppose, but at least you stand somewhat of a chance of getting a bottle or two.

      Then again maybe there is no issue with what they are doing. However if you aren’t going to criticize BT for stuff like this, then it does not seem fair to pound the Diageos of the world either for things they do with SMS.

  4. Gary says:

    Any chance they will be pouring this at Whiskey Fest NY?

  5. Red_Arremer says:

    “American Oak Chips Seasoned,” huh? Typically, that’s considered a really cheapo, bottom end way to get wood interaction for a whiskey (think of how people deride Wasmund’s and the like). Yet this whiskey is here awarded “classic!” status.

    I think we’d all like to here more about how this chip seasoning works– Maybe oak chips, properly utilized, are the key to affordable repeatable “classic!” bourbons?

  6. Tom says:

    Texas,
    The reason for scarcity is because it is exeperimental and produced in a limited quantities. Personally, I think the hunt for hard to find whiskeys is just as fun as drinking it. You never know what other discoveries you’ll run across.

    • Texas says:

      I understand that it is limited, I just think that there is a double standard here. Real world prices for this stuff are what, about $75 for a 375ml bottle..AND you pretty much have to be an insider to get any. When we here about limited release Scotch bottlings with high prices, the inevitable cry goes up.

  7. JWC says:

    The chase is on! In defense of BT, as Tom pointed out, these releases are experimental and so they are not producing them in large numbers. Also, BT itself (I assume) is not getting a lot of money per bottle.

    • Texas says:

      After sleeping on it..I retract what I said upon thinking about it. Obviously no matter what the liquor stores sell it for, BT only makes what the store pays the distributor for it. It’s too bad it’s so rare the Oak Chips sounds good.

  8. Rickard says:

    Very intriguing, I assume that these whiskeys will be hard to come by. And in my opininon the price seems fair given that it can’t be that profitable to make such small batches.

    A litle off topic (I apologize):

    I am visiting New York in November and would like to buy a couple of nice bourbons. Does anyone have any recommendations of where I should go to find some more exclusive/elusive brands? (preferably on Manhattan.)

  9. Tom says:

    I stumbled upon these today at my local shop for $110 for the pair but think I’ll pass at that price. interesting but expensive. I might be a customer at half that price.

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