American whiskey typically ages in 53 gallon oak barrels, but these whiskeys matured in 135 gallon barrels, one for 19 years and one for 23 years. Additionally, both barrels were crafted from French oak, and had previously contained some sort of wine. The exact type of wine was lost in the records. Furthermore, these giant barrels underwent a #3 char, varying from Buffalo Trace’s typical #4 char. This experiment was a multifaceted investigation in crafting bourbon.
This barrel was aged for 19 years on the ground floor of Warehouse K. The whiskey inside was tasted and found to be rich and complex with notes of butterscotch, caramel, and oak. This is a finely aged whiskey that has unique flavors.
For 23 years, this giant barrel rested full on the ground floor of Warehouse K. After 23 years, the whiskey has very complex flavors and is full bodied with hints of sassafras, caramel, and birch.