Buffalo Trace’s Next Whiskey Is an Experimental Wheated Bourbon


Buffalo Trace’s newest whiskey is going to turn a lot of heads when it drops next month, because they’ve taken the beloved recipe for Weller and Van Winkle bourbons and tweaked a major part of the aging process in the name of science.

The 2020 iteration of the Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection, Experiment 23 (the full name is Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection: 12 Year Old Wheated Bourbon, Cut at 4 Years), is the result of 12 years of aging and one unusual change of practice: Buffalo Trace added water a third of the way through the aging process.

Now, let’s get a little nerdy. You might know that, in whiskey production, unaged booze goes into a barrel at “barrel entry proof,” which legally can’t be above 125. Since whiskey comes out of a still at 130-plus…

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