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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection announced for 2021 without a George T. Stagg release

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2021


October 2021

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This year's Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is coming, but will be missing a fan favorite.

Released annually, the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection has been comprised of the same five whiskies since 2006. Unfortunately, the 2021 collection will not include George T. Stagg because "the 15-year-old barrels do not meet the Distillery’s taste standards for the Stagg brand," according to the company.

"It just didn’t look right. It didn’t match the taste profile we expect from Stagg," said Drew Mayville, Buffalo Trace's master blender.

The whiskey that was earmarked for this year's George T. Stagg was barreled in 2006. The company considered using 2007 barrels but ultimately decided against using a 14-year-old bourbon and impacting the supply for next year's release. Since the initial 2002 release, each George T. Stagg bottling has been aged for at least 15 years.

Master distiller Harlan Wheatley says that the barrels of whiskey distilled in 2007 are on track for next year's release.

All four of the other whiskies in the Antique Collection will be released this year as scheduled. 

William Larue Weller

William Larue Weller is a barrel-proof, unfiltered, extra aged bourbon made from Buffalo Trace's wheated mashbill, the same used for W.L. Weller and Van Winkle bottlings.

  • Aged 12 years, 6 months
  • 125.3 proof
  • Distilled in winter 2009, aged on floors 1, 2, and 3 of warehouses K, L, D, Q, C
  • 64% of the original whiskey lost to evaporation
  • Unfiltered

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye

Thomas H. Handy is an uncut and unfiltered rye whiskey, sharing a mashbill with the standard Sazerac Rye release.

  • Aged 6 years, 4 months
  • 129.5 proof
  • Distilled in spring 2015, aged on floors 5, 6, and 7 of warehouses I, L, O, K
  • 31% of the original whiskey lost to evaporation
  • Unfiltered

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old is aged at least 17 years and bottled at 101 proof, matching the strength of the brand's earliest releases.

  • Aged 18 years, 6 months
  • 101 proof
  • Distilled in spring 2003, aged on floors 1, 2, 3, and 5 of warehouses C, Q, K, M
  • 73% of the original whiskey lost to evaporation
  • Chill filtered

Sazerac 18 Year Old

Sazerac 18 Year Old is distilled from the same mashbill as Thomas H. Handy, but is aged much longer and bottled at 90 proof.

  • Aged 18 years, 6 months
  • 90 proof
  • Distilled in spring 2003, aged on floors 2 and 4 of warehouses K & P
  • 69% of the original whiskey lost to evaporation
  • Chill filtered

These four bottlings will be available starting later this month for a suggested price of $100 each, though pricing tends to be many times higher. As usual, quantities are extremely limited.

Via Press Release, New York Times,