One of two rye whiskies in the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, Thomas H. Handy (THH) Sazerac Rye comes to us uncut and unfiltered. This year’s edition arrives at a strong 126.9 proof. The 2015 edition is comprised of 58 barrels of whiskey aged six years. 30.23%of the original whiskey evaporated. THH is a barrel proof version of the standard Sazerac rye whiskey.
William Larue Weller is the only wheated bourbon in the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. That means it uses wheat instead of rye as the secondary grain. This year’s release is aged 12 years and 3 months, and is bottled at 134.6 proof. 105 barrels were picked for this release – that’s more than last year. Unfortunately, 72.3% of the original whiskey was lost to evaporation. Notice it’s not as much as the 84% evaporation of this year’s George Stagg release, which is substantial.
This year’s Eagle Rare 17-year-old bourbon is actually 17 years old. The last couple of releases were 19 years old, even though the label listed it as 17 years old. Part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, Eagle Rare 17 is usually one of the smallest batches. This year is no different – the blend is compromised of 26 barrels. Compare that to the 128 barrels selected for George Stagg, albeit Stagg had an 84% evaporation. Here only 66% of the original barreled whiskey evaporated. That means there’s not a lot to go around.