The popular Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is set to be released in late September or early October. The suggested retail price is $80, so if it’s higher than that blame your retailer.
If you can’t find the whiskey, because some jerk bought the entire store’s inventory, I’m hosting a tasting at the Kentucky Derby Museum with Buffalo Trace master distillery Harlen Wheatley February 5, 2015. I grill all my guests in front of a live studio audience. I plan to ask why Wheatley, a renowned bourbon distiller, has a vodka named after him.
As for the Antique Collection, I’ve yet to taste samples, but here’s what the company is releasing on the anticipated series.
According to the Buffalo Trace press release, Barrels for this year’s George T. Stagg bottling were selected from Warehouses C, H, I, K, L, P, and Q. This uncut and unfiltered bourbon was distilled back in the spring of 1998 and weighs in at 138.1 proof, the company said. Buffalo Trace said the highly allocated product will have more bottles available than last year.
William Larue Weller
This is the wheated bourbon of the bunch. This year’s was distilled in the spring of 2002 and aged on the second, third, fourth, and sixth floors of Warehouses D, K, and L. It’s the strongest Weller release in history at 140.2 proof.
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye
Hello, uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey. The 2014 Thomas H. Handy was distilled in spring 2008, aged on the fifth floor of Warehouse M and weighs in at 129.2 proof.
Eagle Rare 17 Year Old
This has been aging on the second, third and sixth floors of Warehouses I and K.
Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old
The straight rye whiskey release was aged in Warehouse K.