Our Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2017 Reviews

Fall officially began on the 22nd of September this year, but we whiskey lovers consider it official when the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is announced. Here are our thoughts on this year’s collection.
Oct 14, 2017
  • 5
    5 William Larue Weller Bourbon (Fall 2017)
    90
    Sweet
    This wheated bourbon contains a mash bill recipe of Kentucky corn, North Dakota wheat, and North Dakota malted barley. Distilled in the winter of 2005 to 130 proof, the bourbon entered the barrel at 114 proof. It matured for over 12 years and 6 months. Only 155 barrels were hand-picked from Warehouses D, I, and P, just ten more than last year’s release. At 128.2 proof, it comes to you uncut and unfiltered from the barrel.
  • 4
    4 Eagle Rare 17 Year Bourbon (Fall 2017)
    91
    Sweet
    This bourbon contains a mashbill of Kentucky corn, Minnesota rye, and North Dakota malted barley. Distilled to 135 proof in the spring of 2000, this bourbon entered the barrel at 125 proof. It spent over 17 years in the barrel on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors of Warehouses C, K, and P. Only 36 barrels make up this batch. Eagle Rare 17 Year is 90 proof at bottling.
  • 3
    3 Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye (Fall 2017)
    93
    Fruity & Spicy
    Thomas H. Handy was the first barman to use rye in place of cognac in the Sazerac cocktail. This rye uses a mashbill of Minnesota rye, Kentucky corn, and North Dakota malted barley. Distilled in the spring of 2011 to 135 proof, the rye whiskey entered the barrel at 125 proof. It matured for at least six years and five months on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floor of Warehouses K, L, and Q. Only 72 barrels were selected for this bottling. It sells at 127.2 proof.
  • 2
    2 George T. Stagg Bourbon (Fall 2017)
    94
    Spicy & Sweet
    Using a mashbill recipe of Kentucky corn, Minnesota rye, and North Dakota malted barley, this bourbon was distilled to 135 proof and entered the barrel at 125 proof in the spring of 2002. This bourbon spent over 15 years and 3 months in barrels from Warehouses C, K, M, and Q. This batch consists of only 309 barrels. As always, it is uncut and unfiltered. This year’s bottling comes in at 129.2 proof.
  • 1
    1 Sazerac Rye 18 Year (Fall 2017)
    97
    Spicy
    This rye whiskey contains a mashbill of Minnesota rye, Kentucky corn, and North Dakota malted barley. Distilled to 135 proof in the spring of 1998, the rye whiskey entered the barrel at 125 proof. It matured for 18 years in new, charred American oak barrels on the second floor of Warehouse K. Only 25 barrels make up this batch. Note: this rye was placed in stainless-steel tanks in 2016 to prevent further aging. It is 90 proof at bottling.