Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection 100% French Oak Barrel Aged
Buffalo Trace // Kentucky, USA
Although it's often thought that bourbon is required to age in new charred AMERICAN oak barrels, that's not the case. Any oak will do as long as it’s unused and charred. This entry in Buffalo Trace's varied Experimental Collection swaps out the traditional charred American oak barrel for one made entirely from French Oak then leaves their spicy mashbill #1 to age for ten years. Only two barrels were produced. Released in May 2015. Note: This whiskey is sold in 375ml bottles.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak containers.
Cask Typenew, charred French oak
"Despite the ten years, the nose is full of young whiskey characteristics: alcohol, huge amounts of oak, and cinnamon along with banana and honey. Taste is dry and dominated by rye and oak spice, with cinnamon, pepper, and toffee. A slightly odd vegetal note lingers in the background. A really funky bitterness and something chemical (like hot glue), creeps in and spoils the finish. "