I’ve tried a lot of Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection bourbons over the years, but I haven’t rated as many as I should have. I will try to do better about that going forward. The most recent BTEC release is the infrared light barrel aging experiment. It’s a higher rye recipe as well, so it’s harder to do an apples to apples comparison vs the standard Buffalo Trace, but I used it as a test subject anyway. I tasted it after pouring it immediately, then again after an hour and then once more after adding water.
The standard buffalo on the cover Buffalo Trace: https://newbourbondrinker.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/buffalo-trace-yes-the-standard-one-with-the-buffalo-one-yes-its-very-very-good/
15 minute BTEC: good nose, a touch of peanut butter, wheat thins, raisin bread, decent heat. The finish is ok, a touch sour, not very complex or interesting.
30 minute BTEC: similar but distinctively different nose, not as much peanut butter, more cedar. The palate is dryer, but also has that sour note. Equally disappointing.
After sitting for two hours:
BT Standard: better, more vanilla and cinnamon, more enjoyable.
15m BTEC: baking spices and smoother, nicer finish, it needed the air.
30m BTEC: sweeter nose, enjoyable finish.
After adding several drops of reverse osmosis water:
15m: very floral, perfumed and vanilla, the water really released hidden flavors.
30m: same as the 15m but even more. Water is the key here.
I’ll be honest, when I first tried this experiment, I did not like it. But after giving it air and water it really came out. But I’ll be honest, I couldn’t tell any significant difference between the infrared light treatment or not. Just another solid whiskey from Buffalo Trace. I don’t think it’s worth investing in given the high prices of the BTEC series. 87/100 each.