All in the Family

Five holiday whiskeys worth hunting down.

Anymore, when it comes to booze, the phrase limited edition is like the organic designation at the grocery store: it’s on everything.  Which is just one reason—but an important reason—why we’re excited to plug the 2010 Antique Collection from the Buffalo Trace distillery, in fancy liquor stores now.  And not for much longer.  An annual crop of five premium American whiskeys, Trace’s Antique Collection is highly prized by aficionados, who await its release like fishermen on the Chesapeake await soft-shell crab season.  The 2010 batch (George T Stagg, Sazerac 18-Year Old Rye, Eagle Rare 17-Year Old, William Larue Weller, and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye) is bound for lots of “Best Of” lists (again).  The dark and richly flavored Stagg, heavyweight champ of bourbons, with its 143-proof right hook, is our favorite (a nip of which once caused a friend to remark he’d just felt his politics shift to the right).  Larue Weller is similarly outstanding, an expansive wheated bourbon touched with clove and fresh tobacco.  The larger point: all five are well worth the $69.99 price tag (some retailers will mark them up), and the phrase limited edition. Good hunting.

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