Buffalo Trace Distillery began experimenting with recipes and barrel treatments more than two decades ago. Currently there are more than 30,000 experimental barrels of whiskey aging in its warehouses. Each of the barrels has unique characteristics and experimental changes in the mash bill, types of wood, barrel toasts and more. Periodically, an experimental whiskey is bottled and sold on a limited basis.
The taste profile for each experiment is uniquely its own depending on the mash bill, wood type, barrel treatment, warehouse environment and age.
“Buffalo Trace is conducting thousands of different experiments (including some at their experimental micro-distillery), many of them groundbreaking. More importantly, whiskey enthusiasts get to taste them on an ongoing basis.” - Whisky Advocate
F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal - Hot Box Toasted Barrel - 3 stars/Recommended; #7 Heavy Char Barrel - 3 stars/Recommended - F. Paul Pacult, March 2013
"Medium amber; soft, caramel nose; ripe and rich with toasted oak, spice and deep flavors; intense and rich with balance, style and vivid flavors." - The Tasting Panel - Hot Box Toasted - 93 points - Blue Reviews, May 2013