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Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection 2013
Experiment #7 Heavy Char Barrel
This particular Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection bourbon survived the heat. The #7 Heavy Char Barrel Bourbon Whiskey is the latest offering from the Buffalo Trace Distillery. The experimental study the effects of extreme heat on oak barrels and the flavor of the bourbon inside.
The #7 Heavy Char Barrel Bourbon Whiskey experiment used barrels which were charred for 3.5 minutes, as opposed to the normal 55 second char used by Buffalo Trace typically. The barrels were then filled with Buffalo Trace Rye Bourbon Mash #2 and left to age for 15 years and 9 months. The end result is a bourbon with an oaky aroma followed by a body that is heavy and complex. A smoky and robust flavor, with fantastic woody notes and hints of vanilla, fruit and tannin. It is dry and balanced.
“Toying with barrels is fun and interesting. It’s quite dramatic to see how something as simple as an extra heavy barrel char can influence the taste of bourbon,” said Harlen Wheatley, Buffalo Trace’s, Master Distiller. “This experiment yielded very interesting and balanced flavor profiles that I think most people will enjoy tasting.” These “hot” barrels are part of the more than 1,500 experimental barrels of whiskey aging in the warehouses of Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each of these barrels has unique characteristics that differentiate it from all others. Some examples of these experiments include unique mash bills, type of wood and barrel toasts.
In order to further increase the scope, flexibility and range of the experimental program, an entire micro distillery, named The Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. “OFC” Micro Distillery, complete with cookers, fermenting tanks, and a state-of-the-art micro still has been constructed within Buffalo Trace Distillery.
The Experimental Collection is packaged in 375ML bottles. The label includes all the pertinent information unique to that barrel of whiskey as follows:
Experiment #7 Heavy Char Barrel Information
Type: Bourbon Whiskey
Total Production: 7 Barrels
Date Distilled: 1/21/1997
Date Barreled: 1/22/1997
Recipe: BT Rye Mash Bourbon #2
Mash Type: Sour
Still Proof: 135
Entry Proof: 125
Barrel Type: Charred White Oak
Maker: Independent Stave
Staves: 3 Month Air Dried
Treatment: #7 Char
Age at Bottling: 15 Years, 9 Months
Filtration: Chill Filtration
Bottle Proof: 45% ABV (90 Proof)
Master Distiller Commentary (Harlen Wheatley): The aroma has strong oak characters followed by a body that is heavy and complex. A smoky and robust flavor, with fantastic woody notes is followed by hints of vanilla, fruit and tannin. Dry and balanced.
Due to the limited availability of this extremely rare whiskey, this will be an in store, first come, first serve, release only.
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-Adam M England
Lukas Spirits Manager
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