Buffalo Trace's 2018 Antique Collection Announced
September 19, 2018 –––––– Susannah Skiver Barton
Buffalo Trace Distillery has released details of this year's Antique Collection (also known as BTAC), hitting shelves in a few weeks. The five whiskeys—George T. Stagg bourbon, William Larue Weller bourbon, Eagle Rare 17 year old bourbon, Thomas H. Handy Sazerac rye, and Sazerac 18 year old rye—remain the same in almost every way, other than (for some) proof. This year, however, marks a significant change for Eagle Rare 17, whose proof—previously 45% ABV—will bump up to 50.5% ABV, which was the proof when the Eagle Rare brand debuted in 1974.The suggested retail price per bottle for this year's collection has also changed, from $90 to $99. Of course, avid BTAC fans and even casual whiskey drinkers know that the suggested price is almost never the shelf price, as these bottles are in such high demand that many retailers are able to ask, and get, much more.Read on for details for the full 2018 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection; more details on each whiskey are linked in the names.George T. StaggStyle: BourbonAge: 15 years oldProof: 62.45% ABVPrice: $99Number of barrels: 284Distilled in the spring of 2003, this bourbon aged in warehouses C, H, I, K, P, and Q.William Larue WellerStyle: BourbonAge: 12 years oldProof: 62.85% ABVPrice: $99Number of barrels: 149Distilled in the winter of 2006, this bourbon aged in warehouses C, I, K, L, M, and Q.Eagle Rare 17 year oldStyle: BourbonAge: 17 years oldProof: 50.5% ABVPrice: $99Number of barrels: 45Distilled in the spring of 2000, this bourbon matured on the first, second, and fifth floors of warehouse C.Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Style: RyeAge: 6 years oldProof: 64.4% ABVPrice: $99Number of barrels: 73This whiskey was distilled in the spring of 2012 and aged in warehouses I and L.Sazerac 18 year oldStyle: RyeAge: 18 years oldProof: 45% ABVPrice: $99Number of barrels: 24This whiskey was distilled in the spring of 1998 and aged on the second floor of warehouse K.