2018 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Announced

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2018 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC)

The 2018 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC) has been announced and will once again feature new releases of George T. Stagg, William Larue Weller, Thomas H. Handy, Eagle Rare 17 Year Old, and Sazerac 18 Year Old.

One notable change this year is the bump in proof to Eagle Rare 17 Year Old. The 2018 release is bottled at 101 proof, an increase from the previous 90 proof, in tribute to the original strength used when the brand was launched in 1974. The proof increase will be a permanent change for Eagle Rare 17 Year Old moving forward.

George T. Stagg

The 2018 release of George T. Stagg is bottled at 124.9 proof and is bottled uncut and unfiltered. A batch of 284 barrels, this release contains bourbon from barrels filled in the spring of 2003 and aged in warehouses C, H, I, K, P, and Q. It is described as having notes of “dark chocolate, espresso, and tobacco.”

William Larue Weller

The 2018 release of William Larue Weller is bottled at 125.7 proof and is bottled uncut and unfiltered. This wheated recipe bourbon was distilled in the winter of 2006 and aged in warehouses C, I, K, L, M, and Q. It is described as having notes of “dried fruit, fig, and caramelized vanilla.”

Thomas H. Handy

The 2018 release of Thomas H. Handy is bottled at 128.8 proof and is bottled uncut and unfiltered. This straight rye whiskey was distilled in the spring of 2012 and aged in warehouses I and L. It is described as having notes of “allspice, teaberry, and clove.”

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old

The 2018 release of Eagle Rare 17 Year Old is bottled at 101 proof. This bourbon was distilled in the Spring of 2000 and has been spending its time aging on the first, second and fifth floors of warehouse C. It is described as having notes of “toasted oak, coffee, spearmint, and butterscotch.”

Sazerac 18 Year Old

The 2018 release of Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old is bottled at 90 proof. The barrels for this straight rye whiskey were filled in the spring of 1998. It is described as having notes of “dark chocolate, tobacco, and cinnamon.”

The 2018 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection will be available in limited quantities starting in late September/early October at a suggested retail price of $99 each.

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Source: buffalotracedistillery.com.

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