Buffalo Trace selected 96 individual oak trees with varying wood grains, the number of growth rings and various growing locations. From each tree they made two barrels: one from the top half of the oak tree and one of the bottom half. All barrels were then charred differently. The result? 192 unique barrels to experiment with…
The good folks at Buffalo Trace filled their barrels with different recipe whiskeys at various entry proofs. The bourbon aged in a variety of different warehouse styles. None of the 192 bottles in the complete set are exactly alike. All of the barrels were aged for 8 years and bottled at 90 proof.
With their Single Oak Project, Buffalo Trace experimented on the impact of 7 different critical variables: recipe (wheat or rye), entry proof (105 proof or 125 proof), stave seasoning (6 months or 12 months), grain size (tight, average, or coarse grains), warehouse (concrete floor or wooden rick floor), char number (number three or number four char), and tree cut (top or bottom half of the tree).
Please note: the barrel numbers can vary from the bottle on the picture.