Ah the 80’s. A time for having fun and experimenting. Buffalo Trace was no different, well a little. In 1987 Buffalo Trace Distillery began playing mad scientist with their product, experimenting with wood type, barrel treatment, warehouse environment and age. Since then, Buffalo Trace has produced over 1,500 experimental barrels of whiskey now aging in its warehouses. Each carrying unique characteristics. Periodically, they bottle these experimental batches and make them available to consumers. Each is very limited and rare, take a chance on this years batch. Try and get your hands on it at Buffalo Trace. $46
Hot Box Toasted Barrel
We placed barrel staves into a “Hot Box” at 133 degrees Fahrenheit and steamed them. They were then assembled into a barrel. The goal was to see if the steaming process would drive more or different flavors into the wood that would be imparted on the whiskey aged inside of the barrel. The barrels were filled with Buffalo Trace Rye Bourbon Mash #2 and left to age for 16 years and 8 months. The resulting bourbon is well-balanced with fruity notes complimented by a caramel and buttery taste.
#7 Heavy Char
We charred the inside of these barrels for 3.5 minutes, as opposed to the normal 55 second char typically used by Buffalo Trace. The barrels were then filled with Buffalo Trace Rye Bourbon Mash #2 and left to age for 15 years and 9 months. The end result is a bourbon with an oaky aroma followed by a body that is heavy and complex. It has a smoky and robust flavor, with fantastic woody notes and hints of vanilla, fruit and tannin. It is dry and balanced.