Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project 10th Release Cask #89 – Tasting Notes

Nose
Spicy, sweet, creamy, cinnamon, warm toffee apples, eucalyptus, fresh, mushrooms, toast, vanilla, plums, figs, cardamom, banana and wood. 
Palate
Wood, bit coffee bitter, rye and peppery spiciness. Sweet, warm, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, dried apples, cream, plums, cinnamon, orange, and a dash of grapefruit. 
Finish
Middle length finish with a bit fresh eucalyptus and lemon note in the back. Bit chocolate mouse creamy and cinnamon mouth feel to it.
Score
7,5 out of 10. Full of warm notes, sweet and a bit fresh


What is this Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project all about?
The Single Oak Project is part of an intensive research project Buffalo Trace Distillery started conducting in 1999 by hand picking 96 trees with different wood grains and then dividing them into a top and bottom piece, yielding 192 unique sections. 

From there, staves were created from each section and were air dried for either 6 months or 12 months. After all the staves were air dried, a single barrel was created from each tree section, resulting in 192 total barrels. These barrels were given either a number three or a number four char and then filled with either wheat or rye recipe bourbon.

To further the variety of experiments, the barrels were filled at two different proofs, 105 and 125 proof. And if this wasn’t enough, two completely different warehouses were used, one with wooden floors and one with concrete floors. In total, seven different variables were employed in Buffalo Trace’s ultimate experiment.

For eight years the Distillery continued with its tracking process, creating intricate databases and coming up with a potential of 1,396 tasting combinations from these 192 barrels!

The Single Oak Project Bourbon is being released in a series every three months from 2011 through 2015 until all of the 192 barrels have been released. The first release hit select stores in 2011. This tenth release will reach stores towards the end of August. Like all the other releases, the quantities are very limited. Every case will contain 12 bottles, each from a different barrel. The tenth release is made up of barrel numbers 9, 25, 41, 57, 73, 89, 105, 121, 137, 153, 169, and 185.

At the conclusion of the Single Oak Project, the Distillery plans to take the top rated Single Oak Project Bourbon and make more just like it, under the Single Oak name.

This tenth release in the Single Oak Project focuses on different entry proofs, and is an excel- lent opportunity to compare the wheat and rye recipes at two different proofs entered into the barrel, 105 proof and 125 proof. The wood grain size varies in this release between coarse, average or tight, but all other variables remain constant, such as char level, tree cut, stave seasoning, and aging warehouse.
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