Industry News: Bourbon Comes Big in October

Industry News: Bourbon Comes Big in October

Buffalo Trace Antique is Released!

One of the great times of the year is when Buffalo Trace releases their Antique Collection of whiskey. These are highly recognized and highly decorated labels that are notoriously hard to find.

  • Eagle Rare 17yr - they say the barrels were actually aged for 19 years from specific floors of particular warehouses on the distillery grounds. They call it “dry, with hints of oak, leather, and tobacco.”
  • George T Stagg - to us one of the most macho bourbons on the planet. These barrels come from the coolest parts of the warehouse for a slow balance of aging and bourbon flavors. It’s one of the most highly regarded bourbons in our database by critics and Buffalo Trace suggests looking for “fudge, vanilla, and tobacco.”
  • Sazerac 18yr Rye - one of the oldest rye whiskeys available on the market “described as mellow spice, vanilla sweetness, mint, and a dry finish.”
  • Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye - bottled at 128.4 proof right from the cask neither filtered nor cut. Look for “toffee, clove, and allspice.”
  • William Larue Weller Bourbon - for fans of wheated bourbons this is a single cask bourbon bottled this year at 136.2 proof with suggestions to look for “dates, caramel, and brown sugar.”

If you can find them, consider buying them! At roughly $70-$90, these are some of the best values in whiskey available anywhere on the market.

Unity Bourbon and Parker Beam

Unity Bourbon is a one-time bottling set to auction in New York on 10/13. It is meant to honor one of the big names in the business: Heaven Hill's Master Distiller Parker Beam, who was sadly diagnosed with ALS. All proceeds will go to Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund for ALS. If you like Evan Williams, Parker's Heritage, Elijah Craig, and others (and you're wealthy enough to bid), this might be an event to look into. The Unity is a blend of bourbon from all the major distilleries in Kentucky - many not associated with Heaven Hill, which is a remarkable display of collegiality in the modern business world (Buffalo Trace, Beam, Inc, Wild Turkey, Four Roses, and others). Well done!

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