The Buffalo Trace Antique Collection was first introduced a little over a decade ago. It features five whiskeys (two ryes and three bourbons) that are some of the most highly sought-after in the market. Each is a pillar in the limited edition whiskey industry.
George T. Stagg: clocks in this year at 116.9 proof, which is BY FAR the lowest proof to date (last year’s release was 124.9 proof), and 15 years and 3 months (last year’s release was 15 years and 4 months). Barrel selection will be released later, but it sounds like there was more evaporation than last year (56%). Last year, there were 284 barrels and about 37,111 bottles.
William Larue Weller: 128 proof (last year’s release was 125.7 proof) and 12 years old 6 months (last two years’ releases have been 12 years and 6 months).
Eagle Rare 17 Year-Old: This is always at least 17 years old (last year, it was an eye-popping 18 years and 4 months old!). Last year introduced a change in proof. Previous releases were 90 proof, but last year, the bottle was released at 101 proof, which continues this year.
Sazerac Rye 18 Year-Old: As always, this is 90 proof and at least 18 years old. This is also the fourth year of pulling the rye from barrels that are presently aging, as opposed to tanked whiskey that had previously been aged.
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac: 125.7 proof (last year’s release was 128.8 proof) and, as always, 6 years old.
Release dates for these vary from state to state, but typically begin in October. Suggested retail price is $99 each, but expect to see a markup.
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