Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky has announced its much anticipated release of the 2021 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection – BTAC. The release notes offer lots of details into what makes this quintet so savory. The first thing you’ll notice about the 2021 release is that its actually a quartet with one bottle missing from this year’s collection. George T. Stagg Bourbon didn’t make the cut and is not being offered at all this year.
We have taken the release notes and tried to make sense of key data points like the proof off the still, barrel entry proof, evaporation loss, barrel warehouse numbers and floors, and final bottling proof.
With 18+ years of distillery notes to share the journey from mash to barrel to bottle is what makes for great tales. This story is a good reminder for distillers to keep good records of all aspects of their new make from the start to the bottle. Distillers large and small have a million things on their to do list, keeping good records is imperative to their long term success. Repeat after me: Lather, Rinse, Repeat and write it down.
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You can find more details on the entire release notes in this more extensive article.
The 2021 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is Out; Unfortunately, George T. Stagg is a No Show
Here’s a chart that shows a few data points for this year’s release.
Buffalo Trace 2015 Antique Collection Whiskeys Data Points
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|Whiskey Name||Proof Off Still||Barrel Entry Proof||Bottling Proof||Age at Bottling||Evap. Loss||Filter||Rick House||Floors|
|George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey||130°||114°||125.3°||12 years + 6 months||64%||None||K, L, D, Q, C||1, 2, 3|
|Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey||135°||125°||129.5°||6 years + 4 months||31%||None||I, L, O, K||5, 6, 7|
|Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey||140°||125°||101°||18 years + 6 months||73% Yikes!||None||C, Q, K, M||1, 2, 3, 5|
|Sazerac 18 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey||135°||125°||90°||18 years + 4 months||69%||Chill||K, P||2, 4|
The 2021 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC) bourbon and rye whiskeys, minus George T. Stagg, will be available in limited quantities starting in late October. Each bottle from the BTAC collection has a suggested retail price is $99 each. Good luck!
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