Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection, 1995 Vintage, “French Oak Barrel Aged,” 45%

Price: $47.00 Issue: Winter 2010 Reviewer: John Hansell

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, and candy 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. Price is per 375ml.