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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection: All You Need To Know (2023)

Last Updated on January 6, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Buffalo Trace’s upscale brands are predominantly shining within the whiskey industry.

Its Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is one of the year’s most anticipated whiskey releases.

Of course, we’ll not miss this year-long mythical bottle release, and we’ll share all the juicy details.

Discover all the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection lineup, what makes them unique, and why all whiskey hunters are eyeing this annual release to get their hands on each bottle.

What’s the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection?

Bottled of Buffalo Trace Antique Collection

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is a five-bottle collection of uncut and unfiltered bourbon and rye whiskeys under the Buffalo Trace flagship that is released annually.

The mythical bottles from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection have been running for over two decades, and its 2022 release contains three bourbons and two rye in its lineup.

Each bottle from the collection is made distinctively from different mash, procedures, maturation, and alcohol content.

It’s sold in limited quantities, making the bottles nearly impossible to find.

5 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Line-Up 

1. George T. Stagg

Close Up Shot of George T. Stagg Antique Collection bottle

MSRP: $99 for 750ml (2022)

Average Price: Around $604 

Alcohol Content: 69.7%

Why We Like It:

George T. Stagg 2022 Antique Collection has been aged more than 15 years, distilled in the spring of 2007, and bottled with an impressive high alcohol proof.

This uncut bourbon whiskey has a bold and intense flavor profile.

We recommend putting a few drops of water to open its layer of flavors, but if you like to take its full complexity, drink it neatly.

Despite its high alcohol proof, you can experience its chocolate notes and heavy oak aroma.

It delivers the richness of dark chocolate, vanilla-forward notes, and the sweetness of toffee.

2. Eagle Rare 17-Year-Old

Eagle Rare 17 Bourbon Whiskey Antique Collection

MSRP: $99 for 750ml (2022)

Average Price: Around $999

Alcohol Content: 50.5%

Why We Like It:

At 101-proof, Eagle Rare 17-Year-Old is solid dram with the right alcoholic taste and doesn’t go overboard. It was distilled in the spring of 2005 and aged more than 17 years.

This Eagle Rare 2022 Antique Collection is as balanced as you want your bourbon to be. It has a pleasant, almost wine-like flagrant aroma with floral and present tobacco notes.

On the palate, you can expect this 101-proof whiskey to have a flavor boost of oakiness, caramel, and vanilla bean, with a lingering full-bodied finish of butterscotch and baking spice.

3. William Larue Weller

Bottle of William Larue Weller Antique Collection

MSRP: $99 for 750ml (2022)

Average Price: Around $1,099

Alcohol Content: 62.35%

Why We Like It:

William Larue Weller is a wheated bourbon distilled in the spring of 2010. This uncut and unfiltered bourbon is aged more than 12 years and showcases a dark and rich whiskey hue.

“Each warehouse does deliver taste nuances based on location…and we know where to find the good ones.”

– Harlen Wheatley, Buffalo Trace Master Distiller

William Larue Weller offers a rich expression from its fragrance to its tasting profile. You’ll experience its sweet fragrance with toasted coconut and caramel notes on the nose.

A touch of mint and peppery spice will welcome your palate, along with sweet molasses and dark cherries. Its 124.7-proof gives a flavorful finish with hints of vanilla, nutmeg, and toffee.

4. Sazerac Rye 18-Year-Old

Bottle of Sazerac Rye 18-Year-Old Antique Collection

MSRP: $99 for 750ml (2022)

Average Price: Around $1,917

Alcohol Content: 45%

Why We Like It:

This one-of-a-kind rye whiskey has been well-aged for 18 years after distilling from its 2003 and 2004 spring production but is bottled with lower proof than other collection bottles.

At 90-proof, Sazerac Rye 18-Year-Old from Antique Collection makes the most approachable whiskey but has a lot of flavor complexity, especially when neatly drunk.

It has a mellow but zesty aroma of lemon and orange.

But on the palate, it has a bold peppery mouthfeel with maple syrup notes balances the spiciness—a solid pick for rye whiskey lovers.

5. Thomas H. Handy

Bottle of Thomas H. Handy Straight Rye Whiskey

MSRP: $99 for 750ml (2022)

Average Price: Around $700

Alcohol Content: 65.45%

Why We Like It:

Thomas H. Handy is the youngest bottle in the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. But it has a high proof of 130.9-proof after aging for more than six years.

This expression has a strong profile, from its aroma to its full-tasting notes and finish.

We recommend you drink it with a splash of water to open its strong and complex notes fully.

It gives full floral notes in the nose with an anise and spice aroma. Expect some heat to the palate with subtle chocolate notes, a burst of orange peel, and more baking spices.

Note: Average prizes are from Drizly. It may vary depending on your local liquor stores.

When Did Buffalo Trace Release Its Antique Collection? 

Buffalo Trace released its first Antique Collection in 2000, and its inaugural bottles started with Eagle Rare 17-Year-Old, Sazerac Rye 18-Year-Old, and the original 19-Year-Old W.L. Weller.

This collection is a celebration of the Sazerac Company and its flagship, the Buffalo Trace distillery in Kentucky, for its genuine distilling heritage.

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection takes advantage of the developing popularity of well-aged, premium whiskey. True enough, its bottles are continuously evolving every year.

FAQs 

Where can you buy Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2022?

You can buy Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2022 at online liquor shops or purchase it at your nearest liquor store. But it might be hard to buy these bottles in some places.

This collection is available in limited release, and the quantity per location will depend on the whiskey allocation the distributors do, [1] making its price fly to thousand dollars per bottle.

Why was George T. Stagg canceled in Buffalo Trace Antique Collection?

George T. Stagg bottles were canceled last 2021 in the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection because it doesn’t meet the necessary quality standard for the Stagg brand. [2]

Is the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection rare?

Yes, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is rare. According to the Buffalo Trace distillery site, its product availability and production don’t meet the bottle demand, making its bottles rare.

In Summary

Buffalo Trace is truly dedicated to offering exceptional bourbon, and its Antique Collection has always been the most awaited series ever.

From its bourbons: George T. Stagg, W.L. Weller, and Eagle Rare 17, to its two ryes: Sazerac Rye 18 and Thomas H. Handy, this collection is worth the wait and exceeded our expectations.

What started as a trilogy of bottles in 2000 evolved into the sought-after five-bottle collection of uncut and unfiltered bourbon and rye whiskeys we have today. 

References: 

  1. https://www.winemag.com/2022/03/21/allocated-bourbon/ 
  2. https://www.mensjournal.com/food-drink/buffalo-trace-george-t-stagg-bourbon-wont-be-released/ 

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