Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection French Oak Barrel Head Aged
Buffalo Trace // Kentucky, USA
This entry in Buffalo Trace's Experimental Collection investigates what happens to their whiskey when you age it ten years in barrels that swap out the heads (top and bottom lids) of standard American oak with heads made from French oak. As with all Experimental Collection whiskeys from Buffalo Trace, this is bottled in a 375ml bottle and quantities are limited as only two barrels were produced. Available as of May 2015.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak staves and new French oak heads
"The nose is like a tropical fruit bowl: coconut, banana, papaya, and apples with a bit of oak in the background. The taste still boasts fruit notes, mostly cherry and apple, but it's primarily spicy rye and pepper, salted caramel, and wood. There's more wood and spice on the finish, along with a lingering minty bitterness. "