Kentucky distillery Buffalo Trace has released Experimental Collection No. 24, an expression that takes inspiration from the Chinese spirit Baijiu.
Baijiu, which is regarded as the largest selling spirit in the world, accounts for about 31 percent of spirits volume globally, according to the International Wine and Spirits Record (IWSR, 9L volume, calendar year 2019).
This Experimental Collection Baijiu style spirit, although distilled like a whiskey, is produced using traditional Baijiu ingredients of sorghum and peas.
After ageing the distillate for 11 years in three separate casks, uncharred, charred and toasted white oak, the spirits were married together and bottled at 90 proof (45% AVB)
The nose is rich and savoury, with notes of chocolate, dark cherries and stone fruit. The sorghum and peas provide a palate of confection sugar, followed by a sweet toffee finish.
Buffalo Trace noted the similarity between baijiu and Bourbon as they are both agricultural products made from fermented grains.
Experimental Collection Baijiu will be available from late April or early May as a limited release.
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