UK secures latest Buffalo Trace whiskeys


Buffalo Trace antique collection 2Limited supplies of the five-strong Antique Collection of whiskeys from the Buffalo Trace distillery in Kentucky have been released in the UK.

UK distributor Hi-Spirits has secured an allocation of the annually released collection that features some of the finest whiskeys produced by the distillery each year.

The five Antique Collection whiskeys are:

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old: The 2012 edition of this bourbon won a gold medal at the 2012 International Wine and Spirits Competition, with the 2013 edition distilled in the spring of 1993.

George T Stagg: With the 2012 edition named the world’s best North American whiskey at the World Whiskies Awards, the 2013 edition of this uncut, unfiltered bourbon was distilled in the spring of 1997.

Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old: Last year’s release was awarded a Liquid Gold Award in Jim Murray’s 2013 Whisky Bible. The 2013 edition of this rye whiskey is described as mellow spice, vanilla sweetness, mint, and a dry finish.

Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye: An uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey, the 2012 edition was named World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s 2013 Whisky Bible. This year’s edition was distilled in the spring of 2007.

William Larue Weller: An uncut, unfiltered, wheated recipe bourbon, the 2012 edition was named the Second Finest Whisky in the World in Jim Murray’s 2013 Whisky Bible. The 2013 edition was distilled in the spring of 2001.

The release comes at a time of increased interest in American whiskey in the UK, with research group Nielsen reporting 3.6million regular American whiskey drinkers in the UK, with 43% aged under 35.

Mark Brown, president of Buffalo Trace parent company Sazerac, said: “We’re very excited about the growth of American whiskey in the UK, and especially the emergence of consumer and trade interest in premium and super-premium Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys and Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskeys.”

Dan Bolton, managing director of Hi-Spirits, added: “There is always high demand for our limited UK allocation of the 2013 Antique Collection, and we expect that to be higher than ever this year.”

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