For over two centuries Buffalo Trace Distillery has been a pioneering leader in quality and innovation. The Single Oak Project is its most inventive and comprehensive experiment yet. It all started with 96 individually selected American oak trees that differed according to the number of growth rings per inch and growing location. Each tree was then cut into two parts - top and bottom - yielding 192 unique tree sections. A single barrel was constructed from each section. Prior to construction, the stave seasoning was varied. The 192 barrels were then charred differently. These single oak barrels were then filled with different recipe whiskeys, at various entry proofs and aged in a variety of different warehouse styles. This experiment allows whiskey connoisseurs to directly compare the impact of seven different critical variables across 192 bottles for a total of 1,396 taste combinations. None of the 192 bottles in the complete set are exactly alike. The Single Oak Project is undoubtedly the most extensive bourbon experiment ever undertaken.
The tasting profile of each Single Oak Project bourbon is truly unique, depending on the recipe, barrel seasoning and char level, tree cut, wood grain, entry proof and aging warehouse.
“The Single Oak project is part of a much larger, and noble, effort: to create the perfect bourbon. How? By asking consumers to rate the whiskey they taste and then provide this feedback to Buffalo Trace via this new website that has been established for the Single Oak Project.” - Whisky Advocate
F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal - Eighth Release:
Barrel #59 - 4 stars/Highly Recommended
Barrel #92 - 4 stars/Highly Recommended
Barrel #155 - 5 stars/Highest Recommended
Barrel #187 - 5 stars/Highest Recommendation
Barrel #188 - 5 stars/Highest Recommendation
- F. Paul Pacult
2016 Best Bourbon, No Age Statement (Single Barrel)/Barrel #20 - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
2012 Ramsay's Dram Hogmanay Award (The "Hoggies")