Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, Kentucky, United States
Today we fall on our side Buffalo Trace, for experimentation at its best, the Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection 19 year old Giant French Oak Barrel.
The geniuses behind the infamous Buffalo Trace bourbon have over the past few years set out to concoct blends and experiment with the type of cask, the degree of alcohol, the degree of charring inside the casks, and plenty of other factors, even up to the section and height of its storage location in the same warehouse. Phew.
This morning's sample has a good pedigree: Type: Whiskey, Total production: 1 cask, Distilled on 27/01/1993, Cask on 28/01/1993, Recipe: BT Rye Mash Bourbon # 2, Type of Mash: sour, Degree Proof at the exit of the still: 135 °, Warehouse-floor: K-1, Rick-Row-Slot: 0-0-0, Cask type: French Oak 135 gallons, Cooper: unknown, Douelles: unknown, Treatment: Carbonization # 3, Bottled on 28/06/2012, Age at bottling: 19 years & 5 months, Filtration: cold, Alcohol level: 45%.
As the English inventor said so well William willett (1856-1915) said so well:
Because science balances its science on us, science without consciousness equals science of unconsciousness.
Orange tint close to Kentucky Avenue on the Monopoly board.
Very fruity for a bourbon. A juicy cherry takes center stage on the vanilla and caramel, as well as the other flavors typical of American whiskey.
Caramel, crème brûlée, corn, oak and spices. Rather thick texture, but with a slight lack of the influence of rye.
Oak and spices are highlighted, with a gentle breeze of pear that slowly fades.
It's still an excellent bourbon, but it looks like it loses a bit on the change due to a slightly one-dimensional texture. Would 19 years be too long here?