Bourbon nerds (like us) want to be sure which year they are buying, just like vintage wine. Below is the quick cheat sheet you can use to make sure the bottle of Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (i.e. BTAC) William Larue Weller you are buying is the correct release year.
Each year of the William Larue Weller release is a different proof as they are all barrel proof which undergoes different evaporation rates as they age. Below are the most recent releases and proofs:
|2000 – Weller 19||90||19 yr|
|2001 – Weller 19||90||19 yr|
|2002 Spring – Weller 19||90||19 yr|
|2002 Fall – Weller 19||90||19 yr|
If you are wondering why there are not similar tables dedicated to the BTAC Eagle Rare 17 or Sazerac 18 releases, the answer is pretty simple.
The Eagle Rare 17 was introduced in 2000 and has been released every year since. It was bottled at 90 proof until 2018, when it was changed to 101 proof going forward. As the name implies, the age is always 17 years.
The Sazerac 18 is always 18 years and always is bottled at 90 proof.