Buffalo Trace Experimental 12 Year Old Wheated Bourbon Whiskey, Cut at Four Years will be available in limited quantities in May of 2020. While this is a one-time-only release, a spokesperson from the distillery assures us that it will be making its way around the country.
Buffalo Trace Distillery has announced a new addition to their Experimental Collection – a 12-year wheated recipe bourbon with an interesting proofing interruption during the aging process.
The bourbon begins with Buffalo Trace’s classic wheated bourbon recipe, used for favorites like Weller and Pappy Van Winkle. While both of those brands are already home to a 12-year expression, the new arrival involves a bit of an interruption to that time in the barrel.
The distillate was first put into the barrel at 114 proof in December of 2007, and left to age for four years in Warehouse C. At the end of the first four years, the bourbon was dumped from the barrel, cut to 100 proof, and put back in to the same barrel.
It then aged another eight years in Warehouse C (which once turned out another notable experiment, albeit one the distillery hadn’t planned). Finally, it was bottled at 90 proof in March of 2020.