Warehouse C at Buffalo Trace Distillery (photo: Buffalo Trace Distillery)
First thing’s first, if you’re here to check out the sheet you can click the heading above to access the sheet, and I will place links throughout this post to keep things simple.
In this sheet I aimed to put together a resource that would make it easier for the whiskey nerd out there to track the releases year by year, cross-check proof for each batch, or simply track down the release letters that Buffalo Trace Distillery releases each year.
I have broken down the book to contain something of a cover page highlighting the announcement date, links to the press releases, and any highlights or major notables from that years BTAC release.
Each subsequent sheet within the book is dedicated to one of the bottles released:
- George T. Stagg
- Thomas H. Handy
- Sazerac 18
- William Larue Weller
- Eagle Rare 17
Simply swap between sheets via the tabs at the bottom to see the years of data which goes back to 2004 for brands like George T. Stagg (picture below).
Up until 2018, Buffalo Trace Distillery used to publish the number of barrels that went into each release as well as the percentage of evaporation in the entire batch. This allowed for a little back of the napkin math to figure the rough quantity of barrels–and ultimately bottles–produced each year.
Odds are good that folks reading a post this nerdy have seen something similar to this over at Breaking Bourbon as the great lads on that site used to do this math and share estimated BTAC bottle counts. BTAC releases from 2019 forward no longer contain barrel count information, but the evaporation is still shared, and I include a running average calculation in my sheet for those curious about details that ultimately don’t matter (but are a bit fun to check out).
I’ve used bold font to highlight anomalous stats such as above average evaporation, changes in proof, and age of each batch released. You can see a good number of these on the Eagle Rare 17 sheet (pictured below).