Kentucky distillery Buffalo Trace has unveiled the five limited edition whiskeys that form its 2020 Antique Collection, 20 years after the series made its debut.
First launched in 2000, the Antique Collection features five limited edition releases bottled from rare stocks at the Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.
This year’s whiskeys include a George T Stagg release, which is bottled at 65.2% ABV and is said to have flavours of “creamy vanilla with lightly smoked oak on the palate”. Made using Bourbon from barrels filled in the spring of 2005, the evaporation loss during ageing for this year’s batch was 59% – higher than previous releases.
The 2020 William Larue Weller bottling is an uncut, unfiltered, wheated Bourbon, bottled at 67.25% ABV. The whiskey was distilled in the winter of 2008 and boasts flavours of a soft caramel chew, spearmint and cinnamon.
This year’s Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye whiskey is uncut and unfiltered, and comprises spirit distilled in the spring of 2014. Aged in warehouses K, M, and N, the 64.5% ABV whiskey offers notes of cinnamon, anise and honey.
The latest Eagle Rare 17 Year Old release is bottled at 50.5% ABV and was distilled in the spring of 2002, before ageing on the first floor of warehouse P. The limited edition release has a nose of ripe cherries, vanilla cream and oak, followed by a taste of caramel and coffee and a long finish of oak, pepper and fresh herbs.
Finally, the 2020 Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old bottling has flavours of oak, caramel and dark chocolate, with a finish of coffee, black pepper and cherries. The barrels for this whiskey were filled in the spring of 2002 and rested on the third floor of warehouse K. It is bottled at 45% ABV.
The 2020 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection whiskeys will be available in limited quantities starting in late September or early October. Each bottle carries a suggested retail price of US$99.