FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Over seventeen years ago
Buffalo Trace Distillery began experimenting. Since then Buffalo Trace has
produced over 1,500 experimental barrels of whiskey now aging in its
warehouses. Each of the barrels has unique characteristics making each one
different from all others. Some examples of these experiments include
unique mash bills, types of wood, barrel toasts, and more.
Now for the first time, Buffalo Trace will bottle a few of these
experimental barrels. For each experiment to be released there will only
ever be 400 bottles in existence, due to the unique nature of each
experiment. "It is very exciting to finally be able to offer these whiskies
to our consumers," said Harlen Wheatley, Master Distiller. "We love to push
the envelope of whiskey making by exploring different ideas and methods
we've never tried before."
The first three (3) barrels will constitute the beginning of more
periodic releases, together know as the Buffalo Trace "Experimental
Collection." Here are some details of these first three releases:
1. FRENCH OAK: This bourbon was aged ten years in a French Oak barrel in
which the staves were first air-dried for 24 months. The French Oak
has given the whiskey a sugary sweetness and dark caramel color.
2. TWICE BARRELED: After aging this bourbon for eight years and eight
months, this whiskey was put into a brand new barrel. With twice the
wood, this whiskey has lots of oak and has a long warm finish.
3. FIRE POT BARREL: This barrel was heated to 102 degrees F for 23
minutes to dry the wood prior to filling. The whiskey has a smoky
nose, and hints of fruit and tobacco on the pallet.
"Each of these whiskies is unlike anything I've ever tasted," said Kris
Comstock, Buffalo Trace Brand Manager. "Any whiskey drinker will appreciate
the differences between these experiments and other whiskies."
The Experimental Collection will be packaged in 375ml bottles. Each
label will include all the pertinent information unique to that barrel of
whiskey. These whiskies will be released in late April 2006 and retail for
around $46.35 each. For more information on the Experimental Collection or
the other products of Buffalo Trace Distillery please contact Kris Comstock
About Buffalo Trace
Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Franklin
County, Kentucky. The distillery's rich distilling tradition dates back to
1787 and has included such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg,
Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace is a
fully operational distillery producing bourbon and vodka on site, and was
recently named to the National Historic Register. The distillery is also
part of the Sazerac family of companies, which has operations in New
Orleans, Louisiana; Franklin County, Kentucky; Fredericksburg, Virginia and
Loomis, California. For more information, please visit
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