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Buffalo Trace fans, I have sad news if you haven’t heard it already. Although the 2021 Antique Collection (BTAC) is out, you won’t be able to find the George T. Stagg to complete the series this year. Buffalo Trace said: âThis year the George T. Stagg line is missing the 15 year old uncut, unfiltered whiskey. George T. Stagg will not be part of the release as the 15 year old casks do not meet the distillery’s taste standards for the Stagg brand.
At a minimum, we are assured that the William Larue Weller, Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye, Eagle Rare 17-Year-Old, and Sazerac 18-Year-Old Rye meet Buffalo Trace’s high quality standards. From BTAC 2021, the William Larue Weller is the only wheat bourbon offering. It helps to balance all the rye in the collection. If you weren’t lucky enough to get a bottle at its $ 99 MSRP, hopefully you can taste some.
BTAC’s William Larue Weller honors the legacy and legacy of distillation that led to man’s success. Weller started his own distillery after selling the brown liquor. After becoming a leading whiskey brand, Weller hired Julian P. Van Winkle Sr. who we all know as “Pappy”. After Weller’s death, Pappy merged the distillery with Arthur Stitzel, and so Stitzel-Weller opened on derby day in 1935. So if you can’t find a bottle of the illustrious Pappy Van Winkle, you can always go. get a bottle of Weller, or the antique William Larue Weller.
Tasting Notes: William Larue Weller (Antique Buffalo Trace Collection 2021)
Vital Statistics: 61.75% ABV, 123.5 proof. Distilled in winter 2009. Aged 12 years and 6 months in charred New American Oak # 4 from Warehouses K, L, D, Q and C. Acid mash spout consists of Kentucky corn, North Dakota wheat and North Dakota malted barley. 750 ml $ 99.
Appearance: Polished mahogany
Nose: French vanilla mingles with chocolate and cinnamon like a cup of hot cocoa at the start of the nose. A touch of lemon nail polish remover lingers in the background. The nose is also rich in figs.
Palace: The palate is soft and velvety. The brown sugar first touches the taste buds before giving way to nutmeg and cinnamon. Fig and an almost hint of raisin or port balance the spices and heat. The finish is peppery with tobacco and dried papyrus reminiscent of an old bookstore.
The William Larue Weller from the Buffalo Trace Antique 2021 collection is my favorite this year. The figs on the nose and on the palate perfectly envelop the whole. The whiskey is perfect for a nightcap on a cold winter day.