Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection 13-Year-Old Sour Mash
Official Word: Sour mash is a term usually associated with another whiskey, but as part of their on-going experimental series, Buffalo Trace changed up their game on this particular batch, and aged it for 13 years. They barreled it at two proof points: 105 and 125. It’s the newest release of the experimental collection, which messes with the recipe for everyone’s benefit.
Word on the Street: They’re both bottled at 90 proof, but it makes a difference which one you buy. And if you want both, expect a long search: Buffalo Trace never stays on shelves long, so this is likely an aftermarket find.
The Final Word: At 105 proof, this whiskey is a beautiful, perfumey, complex bourbon best enjoyed neat. At 125, you lose much of the sour mash’s identifying flavors to heat and the rye’s spicy kick. Check the proof (if you find it) and add ice or water accordingly.
105 Proof; $46.
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