Tuesday, October 22, 2019


Buffalo Trace Distillery, has announced the launch of the third expression in its Old Charter Oak series, of Kentucky straight bourbons.

Old Charter Oak – Canadian Oak (46% ABV) which was aged for 10 years, has been produced using the same mashbill as its Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare bottlings, and matured in Canadian oak casks.
Old Charter Oak - Canadian Oak

In 2018, Buffalo Trace announced its Old Charter Oak series, a collection exploring the different taste profiles of barrels obtained from trees grown in different countries, climates and soil. 

The Old Charter Oak collection is designed to explore, honour, and celebrate the role of oak in making great whiskey. The oak trees used for this brand vary by country of origin, or species, or U.S. state. Some barrels are even made from century oaks, 100, 200, or 300-year-old oak trees. 

Canadian oak trees are said to differ from American oak trees, in that they are harder and have a tighter grain structure, which affects the bourbon as it ages. 

Commenting on the difference between the American and Canadian oak, Harlen Wheatley, Master Distiller, said: “The tighter grain allows the whiskey to penetrate more layers in the wood, but it does take it longer to do it. So the longer the bourbon ages, the more flavour can be extracted.”  

This latest release which follows on from the French Oak variant, which was released back in May, is said to have a nose of caramel and berries, and a palate that delivers hints of vanilla and maple syrup.

Old Charter Oak – Canadian Oak, will be available later this month from specialist retailers in the US, for a RRP of $69.99.

Posted by Steve Rush