Buffalo Trace Mash Bill #2. It’s no wallflower. It has something unique to offer for nearly every bourbon drinker.
Our very first member review here at Flight Club ICT was a Heaven Hill horizontal review of Evan Williams, Henry McKenna and Elijah Craig single barrel/small batch offerings.
Today, we revisit that review with a newly acquired Store Pick offering — a single barrel, 11-year Elijah Craig bourbon. We thought it would be helpful to see how that bottle, along with a newly acquired Non Age Stated (NAS) bottle, stacks up.
Today, we add the final piece of the Buffalo Trace Distillery mash bill #2 puzzle: Ancient Age and Ancient Ancient Age.
[For the final conclusions and links to the other Buffalo Trace Mash Bill #2 reviews, click here.]
It is no secret that the whiskey in this Willett Family Estate (WFE) Bourbon bottle is not actually made by Willett (or Kentucky Bourbon Distillers – KBD – if you want to get technical). Willett’s operating distillery is about 5 years old and counting (having shut down distilling operations from the early 1980’s until 2012), and a 5 year old distillery obviously can’t produce 12 year old whiskey.
But, Willett hasn’t ever hidden from this fact, and has in recent years turned out some of the objectively best Non-Distillery Produced (NDP) bourbon around. It has done so while holding tight its secret as to who makes the whiskey in these bottles – although we would be remiss if we didn’t share that most suspect across-the-street neighbor Heaven Hill is the source for much of Willett’s products.
We have now reviewed each Buffalo Trace mash bill #1 brand(with the exception of some limited release bottles in the Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. lineup — Old Fashioned Sour Mash, Seasoned Wood, Cured Oak, Warehouse C Tornado Surviving — samples will be accepted).
Links to each review are below: