Buffalo Trace Antique Collection
Ok, so it's not malt whisky but
this entire collection is stunning, worthy and an excellent bargain for premium
spirits, especially compared to recent costs of single malt scotch whisky
recently. I started
collecting these beauties as the price of single malts rocketed though the
ceiling starting in about 2004. I especially like the Sazarac Ryes (the new
Thomas H Handy cask strength rye (8 yo) is stunning). Well done!
Rye Whiskey  the American
spirit for single malt whisky fanatics!
Here are the distillery release sheets for the
bottlings I've located so far that Buffalo Trace puts in the 3packs they distribute these
bottles in or that I've "harvested" off the internet for the earlier bottlings.
I'll try to scan them at a lower resolution when I have time since some of the attached
files, although nicely readable, are about 2 MB each.
I was actually surprised to discover that I
couldn't find copies of these online when I started FOAFing these beauties so I
guess this is my little bourbon public service effort. If anyone has
corrections to this listing or better yet, copies of the missing data sheets,
please email them to BTAC (at) smwhisky.com and I'll post them here to
complete this esoteric collection of publicly accessible
whisk(e)y porn.
2008 BTAC Releases
This year's release made it to New England the week of Nov 16 (a bit
earlier than usual) and I just completed
FOAFing this year's stockpiles over the past two days. Only tasted
the Eagle Rare and the William Larue Weller so far and really like them
both. We'll spend some serious time with the entire lineup this
weekend and plan to do verticals against previous year's bottlings in the
near future, and will post our thoughts on how this year's release compares
against the earlier releases here over the next few weeks.
Until then, here are John Hansell's tasting
notes that I harvested from a series of postings on his
Blog  What
does John know? So far I agree with you John and really appreciate
the information you share with the whisk(e)y fanatics of the world on your
blog!
Note: Scans below are 200 DPI, 600 DPI also provided
George T Stagg (141.8 proof) 
600 DPI
William Larue Weller (127.5 proof) 
600 DPI
Eagle Rare
17 yo (90 proof)  600 DPI
Thomas H Handy Rye 8 yo (134.8 proof) 
600 DPI
Sazarac Rye 18 yo (90.0 proof) 
600 DPI BTAC
Tasting Notes from Malt Advocate Magazine
Note: none published here yet for 2008 releases and I'll pull the tasting
notes above once they're available online which I assume will be sometime after
they're published in the Malt Advocate
magazine.
George T Stagg
William
Larue Weller
Eagle Rare
Thomas H Handy
Rye
Sazarac Rye
2007 BTAC Releases
George T Stagg (144.8 proof)
William Larue Weller (117.9 proof)
Eagle Rare
17 yo (90 proof)
Thomas H Handy Rye 8 yo (134.8 proof)
Sazarac Rye 18 yo (90.0 proof)
2006 BTAC Releases
George T
Stagg (Fall 2006, 140.6 proof)
William Larue Weller (129.9 proof)
Eagle Rare
17 yo (90.0 proof)
Thomas H Handy Rye 8 yo (132.7 proof)
1st Release!
Sazarac Rye 18 yo (90.0 proof)
2005 BTAC Releases
George T Stagg (Spring, KY Only  130.9 proof)
George T Stagg (Spring  131.8 proof)
George T Stagg (Fall  141.2 proof)
William Larue Weller (121.9 proof)
1st Release!
Eagle Rare
17 yo (90.0 proof)
Sazarac Rye 18 yo (90.0 proof)
2004 BTAC Releases
George T Stagg (129.0 proof)
Eagle Rare
17 yo (90.0 proof)
Sazarac Rye 18 yo (90.0 proof)
2003 BTAC Releases
George T Stagg (142.7 proof)
I can't find any info on the 2003 releases other than the proof of the GTS.
can anyone help out here?
2002 BTAC Releases
George T Stagg (137.6 proof)
1st Release!
W.L Weller 19 yo (90.0 proof) last
release
Eagle Rare
17 yo (90.0 proof)
Sazarac Rye 18 yo (90.0 proof)
2001 BTAC Releases
W.L Weller 19 yo (90 proof)
Eagle Rare
17 yo (90 proof)
Sazarac Rye 18 yo (90 proof)
2000 BTAC Releases (I think this was the first
year)
W.L Weller 19 yo (90 proof)
Eagle Rare
17 yo (90 proof)
Sazarac Rye 18 yo (90 proof)
Collector's Corner
Key to George T Stagg Releases
2002  137.6 Proof
2003  142.7 Proof
2004  129 Proof
2005 (Spring)  130.9 Proof (KY only)
2005 (Spring)  131.8 Proof
2005 (Fall)  141.2 Proof
2006  140.6 Proof
2007 – 144.8 Proof
2008  141.8 Proof
last update on
01/25/2009
