Review: Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection “Rediscovered Barrels”
Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection “Rediscovered Barrels”
When Buffalo Trace acquired the Old Charter brand, barrels of whiskey came with the deal. Here are three that they “rediscovered.” They’re old for bourbon, so you’re going to find a good dose of wood in their flavor profile.
BTEC “Rediscovered Barrels,” 1993 vintage, 17 year old, 45%, $47
Richly flavored and surprisingly sweet on the nose and front of the palate. A tactile whiskey: creamy, yet becoming resinous toward the finish. Notes of vanilla saltwater taffy, roasted nuts, tobacco, and molasses. An intriguing whiskey, and my favorite of the three.
BTEC “Rediscovered Barrels,” 1991 vintage, 19 year old, 45%, $47
Quite bold and crisply spicy. The most palate-piercing of the three. Well defined flavors of cool mint, warming cinnamon, honey-kissed fruit, and caramel. Briskly spicy finish. When I nose this whiskey, it feels like it’s brandishing a sword at me and shouting “en garde!”
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 88
BTEC “Rediscovered Barrels,” 1989 vintage, 21 year old, 45%, $47
A surprising amount of sweetness to balance the wood spice. Notes of pencil shavings, glazed fruit, candy corn, vanilla fudge, and bold polished leather on the finish.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 89