Buffalo Trace to release 25-year-old BourbonBy Owen Bellwood
Sazerac-owned Buffalo Trace has bottled a 25-year-old Bourbon for the latest release in its Old Fashioned Copper (OFC) Vintage Whiskey series.
Buffalo Trace OFC Vintage 1993 follows previous bottlings that date from 1985, 1989 and 1990.
The 1993 vintage has been packaged in a wooden display box containing a provenance card, alongside a crystal bottle with copper lettering embossed onto the bottle.
Priced at RRP US$2,500, the whiskey also features a back label that lists certain milestones for the year 1993.
Harlen Wheatley, master distiller at Buffalo Trace, said: “It’s hard to believe that the same year this Bourbon was made, in 1993, the world wide web was just becoming a ‘thing,’ and introduced to the public domain.
“Now when you think of how far everything has come, from a technology standpoint to Bourbon’s popularity again, it’s mind blowing. What’s really amazing is how solid this Bourbon is, and how the taste and integrity have held up.”
The 25-year-old Bourbon is describe as having a nose of dark cherry, honey, and smoked oak, leading to “notes of caramel, toasted vanilla, and cocoa” on the palate.
In 2016, Buffalo Trace released three vintage-dated Bourbons exclusively to non-profit organisations to raise money for their chosen fields – including an OFC 1983 bottle.
The three bottles – which included vintage whiskeys from 1980 and 1982 – raised nearly US$1.2 million at auction for charitable causes, including cancer, cystic fibrosis, children’s rights, autism, military veterans, animal protection and arts foundations.
In September, Buffalo Trace Distillery unveiled the line-up of its 2018 Antique Collection of whiskeys, including a 17-year-old Eagle Rare Bourbon.