2020 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Press Release
Press release day is often reminiscent of Christmas Eve. There’s a big commotion about the upcoming event, and excitement about each individual product adds to the overall anticipation. Read along for information regarding the 2020 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC) release and specifics on the bottles.
FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (Sept. 9, 2020) Just in time for the fall, Buffalo Trace Distillery is releasing its 2020 Antique Collection of whiskeys (BTAC). The highly regarded collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs. Here’s what fans can expect:
GEORGE T. STAGG
This extremely hearty whiskey ages in new charred oak barrels for no less than 15 years. Straight out of the barrel, uncut and unfiltered, the taste is powerful, flavorful and intense. Open it up with a few drops of water, sit back and ponder the wonders of the universe. (click here for pdf)
SAZERAC RYE 18 YEAR-OLD
The famed Sazerac Coffee House was founded in 1850 on Exchange Alley in New Orleans, Louisiana and soon gained fame as the home of “America’s First Cocktail” known as the Sazerac. Using rye whiskey in place of the French brandy, a dash of Peychaud Bitters, and Herbsaint, what eventually became the official cocktail of New Orleans was created. This straight rye has a mellow spice and dry sweetness that dances on the tongue, giving pure delight that is worthy of the Sazerac name. (click here for pdf)
William Larue Weller
Uncut and unfiltered, this hand-bottled bourbon is barrel proof. Weller substitutes wheat for the traditional rye grain, a production method pioneered by W.L. Weller. (click here for pdf)
Thomas H. Handy
Named after the New Orleans bartender who first used rye whiskey in the Sazerac Cocktail, this uncut and unfiltered Straight Rye Whiskey is bottled directly from the barrel, just as it was over a century ago. Full of rich flavors, this authentic American rye whiskey is a symbol of the timeless history of New Orleans and the legacy of Thomas H. Handy. (click here for pdf)
Eagle Rare 17
This rare bourbon ages in oak barrels for nearly two decades and is only available in small quantities once a year, every fall. Sip this polished, well-aged whiskey to appreciate why patience is such a virtue. (click here for pdf)
About Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1775 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018” and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world, respectively, in the “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies.
A couple things from this year’s Antique Collection that I found interesting were the higher proof point of George T. Stagg at 130.4 (opposed to 2019’s “low” 116.9 proof) and Eagle Rare 17 remaining 101 proof as the original 1974 style the product. William Larue Weller coming in hot at 134.5 proof should also be fun to explore.
It is no secret that every bourbon lover out there, even the ones who won’t admit it (yes, I mean you!), awaits this release with baited-breath each year–even if just to gawk at the stats and see the crazy prices they ultimately sell for. Release season kicks off autumn for many of us, and that may conjure different feelings or emotions for each individual. Some may look forward to…dare I even say: pumpkin spice coffee (yikes), or maybe spending time hunting wild game in the woods, while there are plenty of others hunting for rare newly-released bottles of whiskey on shelves. No matter how you drink it, where you get it, or which ones you like, this is a hobby that encompasses everyone and anyone, and releases like this certainly get us all talking.