Buffalo Trace Distillery tells BourbonBlog.com that the 2014 Antique Collection in late September and early October 2014 with a suggested retail price of $80 each. The highly anticipated collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs.
The Antique Collection was introduced more than a decade ago and has become a favorite among whiskey connoisseurs garnering numerous awards. Subscribe to our free bourbon newsletter to be first to learn more about whiskey releases like this.
Here’s what loyal fans can expect from 2014:
George T. Stagg
The 2013 release of this perennial favorite received the prestigious Chairman’s Trophy during the 2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. Barrels for this year’s George T. Stagg bottling were selected from Warehouses C, H, I, K, L, P, and Q. This uncut and unfiltered bourbon was distilled back in the spring of 1998 and weighs in at 138.1 proof. Although still highly allocated, happily there are a few more bottles available this year, since Buffalo Trace increased distillation for George T. Stagg back in 1997. Buffalo Trace says the whiskey tastes of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and dates.
William Larue Weller
This bourbon registers in at 140.2 proof – the strongest Weller release ever in proof. The Antique Collection’s uncut, unfiltered, wheated recipe bourbon is William Larue Weller. The 2014 offering was distilled in the spring of 2002 and aged on the second, third, fourth, and sixth floors of Warehouses D, K, and L.Buffalo Trace says describes the bold flavors include dark molasses, plums, and toffee.
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye
Thomas H. Handy is the uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey. This year’s Handy was distilled in the spring of 2008, aged on the fifth floor of Warehouse M and weighs in at 129.2 proof. Tasting notes from Buffalo Trace describe it as Christmas cake, allspice, coconut, and clove.
Eagle Rare 17 Year Old
The 2014 edition has been aging on the second, third and sixth floors of Warehouses I and K. This bourbon was aged nearly two decades and tastes of oak, leather, cinnamon, and tobacco according to Buffalo Trace.
Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old
This 2014 straight rye whiskey release was aged in Warehouse K and all-spice, molasses and hints of mint, along with a long, dry finish are provided as the tasting notes.