Review: Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2021 Edition

Review: Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2021 Edition

By now you’ve certainly heard the information. This yr there will probably be no George Stagg launch, with Buffalo Hint declaring that the barrels it pulled (from 2006 distillate) “didn’t meet the Stagg profile immediately.” The excellent news is that it nonetheless leaves 4 horsemen remaining within the Vintage Assortment, and these whiskeys are all the time thrilling to pattern, even with out their fallen brother.

Let’s give this yr’s quartet a strive. For those who miss George, you may get ideas on prior bottlings from 2020, 2019, 2018, 20172016, and so forth… all the way in which again to 2008.

Sazerac Rye 18 Years Previous 2021 – Distilled in 2003, aged on the second and fourth flooring of Warehouses Ok and P. As with final yr’s launch, there’s a stunning degree of wooden right here that you simply don’t discover in older Sazerac 18 bottlings, giving it a barely dusty aroma with notes of oxidized fruit and a contact of saline. A mild greenery notice develops over time, focusing the nostril on the rye, at the very least a bit. The palate is surprisingly woody and once more a departure from the older model of the whiskey, although over time that fades a bit to permit notes of butterscotch into the combination, alongside numerous inexperienced herbs, some previous sherry character, and a troublesome leather-based kick on the end. Nutty, with ample wooden remaining on the end, it stays a bit closed off and relatively chunky. Given the highly effective impression of wooden on this whiskey, it might be time emigrate this to one thing within the neighborhood of a 15 yr previous launch. 90 proof. B [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

Eagle Uncommon Bourbon 17 Years Previous 2021 – This bottling was distilled in 2003 and aged on the primary ground of Warehouse P. (For those who’ve seen on-line it was distilled in 2002, that’s a typo from the press launch — that is completely new inventory, and also you heard it right here first.) Basically, I’d drink Eagle Uncommon at any age degree, and this bottling continues to supply loads to like. The nostril is toasty with barrel char, roasted nuts, and baking spice, however the palate is instantly candy and fruity, layering in a ton of apples, peaches, and apricots, all doused in vanilla, candy cream, and loads of nutmeg and cloves. The end takes a flip towards chocolate, nodding at cocoa nibs and espresso beans, touchdown on cinnamon, nutmeg, and a gentle smear of char from the barrel. Beautiful, and among the finest entries within the sequence so far. 101 proof. A [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

William Larue Weller Bourbon 2021 – Winter 2009 distillate, aged in Warehouses C, D, Ok, L, and Q. Far much less scorching than final yr’s launch — in actual fact it’s decrease in abv this yr than the Thomas H. Useful Rye. That mentioned, it’s a giant wheater, meaty on the nostril with intense spice and evergreen notes outstanding. The palate is scorching as hell, showcasing some sweetness and a robust natural component, giving it extra of a rye character than you would possibly anticipate. Char is dominant all through. The bourbon doesn’t shine its brightest with out some water within the combine, which softens the alcohol however not a lot of the char, offering room for notes of sesame, cloves, and a touch of tobacco to percolate extra clearly. It’s an altogether curious expertise, although die-hard Weller followers will definitely discover loads to like. 125.3 proof. B+ [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS] [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

Thomas H. Useful Sazerac Rye 2021 – 6 yr previous rye, distilled in 2015 and aged in warehouses I, L, O, and Ok. Useful doesn’t actually change a lot in its building, and for what have to be the 14th yr in a row, I’m baffled as to why it’s a part of this in any other case spectacular assortment. The nostril is all lumberyard, par for the course with this whiskey, smoky and beefy and in any other case flat. The palate has a sure vibrancy to it this yr — enhanced by its substantial abv — and it’s propped up by notes of butterscotch and baking spice. It’s higher than most vintages of this whiskey, however nonetheless, it typically feels inexperienced and undercooked, and just too heavy on the wooden. It’s paying homage to the Sazerac in that regard. That whiskey’s too previous. This one’s too younger. Can we meet within the center? 129.5 proof. B [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]


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