There's a little secret to the bar world: If you are willing, you can purchase an entire barrel of whiskey. The distillery will ship you some sample vials, you'll hastily taste them, check a few boxes and months later your whiskey will unceremoniously arrive bottled on the back of some freight truck. It's a functional, yet anonymous, way to make a large purchase of brown liquor.
But there's another method to buying a barrel. This one requires a quite a bit more effort, long layover flights in the Midwest, and far too much time drinking in Louisville dive bars.
This past April we traveled to Kentucky to select our very own barrel of Old Weller Antique 107 at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfurt, KY. This was our second trip east—we purchased a barrel of Elmer T. Lee in 2014 which lastest a few short months before selling out—and this time around we brought along Old Gold bar manager Andrew Finkelman, our bartender of five years Collin Anderson, and Paydirt bar manager Andrew Terrell.
Together, after much painstaking tasting and thorough note taking, we selected a nearly nine year old barrel of our favorite wheated whiskey. And while Old Weller Antique 107 does share a lineage with the fabled bottled unicorn that is Pappy Van Winkle, its true charm lies in its deceptive heat, mellow sweetness, and soft body that makes the best Old Fashioned in the land.
We'll be releasing the bourbon on Wednesday, September 21st at the Old Gold and Thursday, September 22nd at Paydirt. Due to the age of our selection, and the greediness of the Angel's Share, we only have a limited number of bottles so please try a pour while you can. It's a very special bourbon and once it's gone, it's gone for good.
After that, I guess we'll have to take another trip to Kentucky.