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04-19-2006, 09:38
Press Release Source: Buffalo Trace Distillery


Buffalo Trace Releases Unique Experimental Whiskies
Wednesday April 19, 8:05 am ET
A Collection of very limited and "one of kind" whiskies


FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Over seventeen years ago Buffalo Trace Distillery began experimenting. Since then Buffalo Trace has produced over 1,500 experimental barrels of whiskey now aging in its warehouses. Each of the barrels has unique characteristics making each one different from all others. Some examples of these experiments include unique mash bills, types of wood, barrel toasts, and more.
Now for the first time, Buffalo Trace will bottle a few of these experimental barrels. For each experiment to be released there will only ever be 400 bottles in existence, due to the unique nature of each experiment. "It is very exciting to finally be able to offer these whiskies to our consumers," said Harlen Wheatley, Master Distiller. "We love to push the envelope of whiskey making by exploring different ideas and methods we've never tried before."

The first three (3) barrels will constitute the beginning of more periodic releases, together know as the Buffalo Trace "Experimental Collection." Here are some details of these first three releases:


1. FRENCH OAK: This bourbon was aged ten years in a French Oak barrel in
which the staves were first air-dried for 24 months. The French Oak
has given the whiskey a sugary sweetness and dark caramel color.
2. TWICE BARRELED: After aging this bourbon for eight years and eight
months, this whiskey was put into a brand new barrel. With twice the
wood, this whiskey has lots of oak and has a long warm finish.
3. FIRE POT BARREL: This barrel was heated to 102 degrees F for 23
minutes to dry the wood prior to filling. The whiskey has a smoky
nose, and hints of fruit and tobacco on the pallet.

"Each of these whiskies is unlike anything I've ever tasted," said Kris Comstock, Buffalo Trace Brand Manager. "Any whiskey drinker will appreciate the differences between these experiments and other whiskies."

The Experimental Collection will be packaged in 375ml bottles. Each label will include all the pertinent information unique to that barrel of whiskey. These whiskies will be released in late April 2006 and retail for around $46.35 each. For more information on the Experimental Collection or the other products of Buffalo Trace Distillery please contact Kris Comstock at kcomstock@buffalotrace.com.

About Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Franklin County, Kentucky. The distillery's rich distilling tradition dates back to 1787 and has included such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace is a fully operational distillery producing bourbon and vodka on site, and was recently named to the National Historic Register. The distillery is also part of the Sazerac family of companies, which has operations in New Orleans, Louisiana; Franklin County, Kentucky; Fredericksburg, Virginia and Loomis, California. For more information, please visit www.buffalotrace.com.




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Source: Buffalo Trace Distillery