Buffalo Trace Distillery Announces the Release of Two New “Experimental Whiskeys”

The following is a press release from the folks at Buffalo Trace Distillery.  Feel free to read it, as it gives good information about their latest experimental whiskeys.  One was aged in a French Oak Barrel as opposed to an American Oak, and one was seasoned with oak chips and aged in a used Whiskey Barrel.  Both have been aged 15 years, and from what I have heard both are outstanding whiskeys.  Let’s hope Buffalo Trace begins to make these in earnest and not just release them once and when they are gone they are gone.

These should be available in limited quantities.  Probably not too many coming to Idaho, but perhaps Denver, maybe in September…Hmmm, I see a plan hatching.

So without further Adieu…


French Oak Barrel Aged and American Oak Chips Seasoned Whiskeys are Latest in the Collection

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Aug. 18, 2010) – After more than 15 years in the barrel, Buffalo Trace Distillery releases the two latest whiskeys in its highly acclaimed Experimental Collection – a French oak barrel aged whiskey and an American oak chips seasoned whiskey. This experiment explores the differences between whiskey that has been aged in a new toasted French oak barrel, versus whiskey aged in a used American white oak barrel that has been seasoned with toasted oak chips. “It’s incredibly exciting to see how experiments like this will turn out, and we’re thrilled to offer these two whiskeys after 15 years,” said Kris Comstock, brand manager for Buffalo Trace.

Both whiskeys were put up April 7, 1995 on the eighth floor of Warehouse K.  Details are as follows:

  • 1995 French Oak Barrel Aged: This barrel was filled on April 7, 1995 and bottled July 21, 2010. Buffalo Trace Rye Bourbon Mash Bill #2 was used and the product entered the barrel at 125 proof. After more than 15 years and 3 months of aging, the new toasted French Oak barrel added rich complexity and interesting flavors to this whiskey. The result is a leathery and woody whiskey that has a good depth with a dark, dry finish.
  • 1995 American Oak Chips Seasoned: This barrel was filled on April 7, 1995 with Buffalo Trace Rye Bourbon Mash Bill #2 and toasted oak chips were added. After more than 15 years and 4 months of aging, this whiskey was bottled on August 5, 2010. The whiskey in this charred American White Oak barrel derived a smoky complexity from the toasted oak chip seasoning. It is a lighter whiskey for its age and has a good flavor without being heavy.

“Our Experimental Collection always allows us the opportunity to say “what if… and then to try it and see what happens,” said Harlen Wheatley, master distiller, Buffalo Trace Distillery. “It’s always great to learn from these experiments and see what works and what doesn’t. And the excitement from our fans as we release a new offering is always gratifying.”

There are more than 1,500 experimental barrels of whiskey now aging in the warehouses of Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each of these barrels has unique characteristics making it different from all others. Some examples of these experiments include unique mash bills, type of wood, and barrel toasts. In order to further increase the scope, flexibility and range of the experimental program, an entire micro distillery complete with cookers, fermenting tanks and a state of the art micro still has been constructed within Buffalo Trace Distillery.

The Experimental Collection will be packaged in 375ml bottles. Each label will include all the pertinent information unique to that barrel of whiskey. These whiskeys will be released in August 2010 and retail for approximately $46.35 each. Each experiment is very rare and very limited. For more information on the Experimental Collection or the other products of Buffalo Trace Distillery, please contact Kris Comstock atkcomstock@buffalotrace.com.


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6 Comments on “Buffalo Trace Distillery Announces the Release of Two New “Experimental Whiskeys””

  1. Brandon
    August 27, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    Sounds like something I need to have.

  2. August 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    Well I guess I could try some, you know, in the interest of science!

    • Kevin M
      August 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

      Try some? When are you stopping by? 😉

      • August 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

        Monday good? I still have that New Glarus Enigma for you…

  3. August 31, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    Cool! I remember seeing some of these when I toured the brewery. It’s nice that they are making it into the world.

    • Don
      September 1, 2010 at 10:04 am #

      I’m hoping they do. Jim might be able to pick one or two up for me in Jersey.

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