The calendar may read October, but if you love whiskey, it's like Christmas is already here. As the weather gets colder, distilleries unlock their vaults and empty their casks to release special limited edition bottlings aimed at collectors and connoisseurs. Of all the limited editions out there, few have a more rabid fan base, and are received more rapturously, than the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, from the acclaimed Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. Buffalo Trace in its current incarnation has only been active since the late '90s, though the site has been used as a distillery since the 18th century. But they've been making really fine bourbons and ryes since the get-go. The Antique Collection, a group of five whiskeys of different ages, styles and proofs, is now in its second decade, and every year the hysteria surrounding them builds a little more. Hipster hype fed by the media? Well, yes. Excellent whiskeys? 100% affirmative. So read these reviews and sprint to your local liquor emporium for the ones that tickle your fancy (suggested retail price is $70 per bottle, but they'll be going for a lot more on eBay before too long).
Whiskey: The Buffalo Trace Antique Collection