Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection #7 Heavy Char Barrel
Buffalo Trace // Kentucky, USA
Released in 2013, this was one of two bottles released in the twelfth edition of Experimental Collection series by Buffalo Trace. The focus with this batch is to explore how extreme heat used on oak barrels can affect the bourbon. This bourbon was made from BT Rye Mash #2, distilled and barreled in January 1997. The barrel was charred for three and a half minutes to achieve a #7 char (for comparison, a #4 char, which is typically used in bourbon, takes about thirty seconds). Seven barrels were produced. After fifteen years and nine months (and a staggering 69% evaporation), the barrels were emptied in October 2012 and bottled at 45% ABV.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak containers.
Cask TypeNew, Charred American Oak