FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (Sept. 19, 2017) Whiskey lovers rejoice, Buffalo Trace Distillery is releasing its 2017 Antique Collection. The highly anticipated collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs. Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley notes, “The team had another great year with the Antique Collection. From distillation, to barrel selection, to bottling, this year’s collection showed very well. I was particularly excited about the William Larue Weller with its extra richness, and the Eagle Rare 17 seemed more rounded and full of flavor. None of these disappointed.”
It’s always good to see bourbon going to a good cause! This is a scenario where I hope that bottles are sold at secondary prices. So far, no word on when and where the bottles will be sold. I’ll keep you posted.
Here is the response I received about how the bottles will be sold:
The last remaining bottles of Booker’s Rye will be released to the field in a manner consistent with any limited product release. Bottles have been allocated among our distribution partners, who will manage their placement in a limited number of markets over the coming weeks. Consumers interested in finding a bottle should contact their local specialty whiskey retailer. 100% of Beam’s proceeds from the sale of the bottles to our distribution partners will be donated.
It seems like a question we’ve already answered on Bourbonr. But, after a couple of conversations on several social media outlets this weekend a refresher is important. Remember, the federal government regulates the term “bourbon”. It’s the responsibility of the TTB to enforce these regulations. Here we go:
I missed an important date last Saturday. August 26th was the four year anniversary of the Bourbonr blog. It’s hard to believe I’ve been writing the blog for four years. But, Bourbonr has become so ingrained in my life, at times, it seems like I’ve been doing it for even longer than four years. In an educational setting, I would’ve graduated and been on to new horizons after four years. Maybe that’s why I’ve had so many rum posts on social media recently :). For now, I’ll stick to bourbon! While I consider myself knowledgeable, there’s still so much about bourbon I’ve yet to explore. And, taste!
Almost four years ago I created my first distillery mash bill breakdown for Buffalo Trace. There have been several changes since then. I decided it was time for an updated and expanded version. I’ve tried to focus on whiskeys that are distilled (at least once) at Buffalo Trace distillery. The Buffalo Trace/Sazerac/Age International/Barton brand(s) is an intricate web.
Come join me in Northern Kentucky at Taste of the Decades. As you can see below, the bottle selection is insane. Mix in great food, great bourbon and a great cause this event is well worth the money. Let me know if you can make it (or, are in the area). I’d love to set up some sort of informal Bourbonr meet up the night before the tasting. Tickets just went on sale today and are available here.
I know this post will receive some backlash. But, I’ve decided that’s not a good reason to forgo posting. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch “B” is the best release of 2017. That may be a little premature since fall is when 75% of LE’s hit the shelf. But, I think Batch B may remain at the top after bourbon season 2017. This isn’t a paid or sponsored review.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Release Cheat Sheet
Updated: For 2017, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof has received a makeover. The release now comes in a new bottle and label. Good new is ECBP is still 12-years-old. With the new bottle, Heaven Hill has standardized the releases with batch numbers
The first letter of the batch number indicates which of that year’s releases the bottle was a part of starting with “A”, while the second digit is a number that determines the month of the year the bottle was released. The third and fourth digits indicate the year.
In April, Jim Beam revealed their new Jim Beam “Game 7 Batch.” The release commemorates the Chicago Cubs first World Series win since 1908. There were quite a few comments claiming that Beam was piggybacking their way to make a few bucks. Cubs fans
It was rumored that the 2017 Four Roses SMBLE would be replaced by the Al Young 50th Anniversary bottle. That appears to be only a rumor. Four Roses has announced their 2017 Small Batch Limited Edition.
A 15-year-old Bourbon from Four Roses’ OESK recipe, a 13-year-old OESK and a 12-year-old OESV were selected for this year’s Limited Edition Small Batch