The enormously popular Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is back for 2017! Once again we’ll be splitting our allocation between a 30ml dram lottery, a bottle lottery, and a charity auction (with profits over RRP donated to Malaria No More UK). After all, we want as many people as possible to taste the good stuff, while doing some good!

To find out when this is all going down, see the timeline below.

As some of you may recall, our ‘first-come-first-serve’ method caused some, erm, drama back in 2015, so last year we decided to implement a brand new system – splitting our entire Buffalo Trace Antique Collection allocation between 30ml drams, bottle lotteries, and charity auctions. That meant hundreds of you had the chance to taste the goods. Because, after all, it exists to be enjoyed!

This year, we have 6 bottles of George T. Stagg Bourbon (2017 Release), 6 bottles of William Larue Weller (2017 Release), 3 bottles of Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (2017 Release), and 3 bottles of Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye Whiskey (2017 Release). The eagle-eyed among you will note that Sazerac 18 doesn’t feature on the list this year. We’re doing our best to source some amid some bottling issues, and if and when we are successful you will be the first to know.

While we are, as ever, super grateful for the allocation, handling these kinds of extraordinarily sought-after whiskeys means that unfortunately a great many of you will be left disappointed no matter which way we split it.

Last year 3,490 people entered the Buffalo Trace dram lotteries last year, with only 260 drams available. A total of 7,464 people entered the bottle lotteries, with only 11 bottles available. We invite you to read our previous post for an in-depth explanation as to why we settled on this three-pronged process.

Behold the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2017

In summary, the stock will be sorted into three even piles (one or two bottles each, depending on allocation):

  • Pile A will be sent to Drinks by the Dram to turn into 30ml samples (drams), so that as many people as possible can taste it
  • Pile B will be sold via lottery, and on the back you bottle we’ll write “I, [your lucky winning name], hereby swear not to sell this bottle – but to drink it with my chums. May my taste-buds and olfactory bulb shrivel and die if I should break my word.”
  • Pile C will be sold via auction with everything over RRP (net of any applicable VAT) donated to charity

Last year, the auction raised more than £4,000 for Malaria No More UK. That’s enough to buy, deliver and hang more than 400 mosquito nets! Your love of whisky is literally helping thousands of children sleep safely, and fight this horrendous disease. We think that’s pretty amazing.

Also worth a mention: with the exception of a single 30ml sample of each release kept aside for our own tasting notes, we’re making every single drop available to you all. For reference, here’s our stockholding policy. We’ll never hoard bottles, it’s just not cricket.

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Lottery and Auction Timeline

All the action will take place on the individual product pages, to the following timetables. You’ll need to register in advance, which is easily achieved in just a few clicks from each page.

For the avoidance of doubt, all times are GMT. Set those watches/alarm clocks/cockerels if you feel the need.

Dram Lotteries
Monday 18 Dec 16:00 – Tuesday 19 Dec 14:00

– We received a combined total of 3,192 entries, fairly evenly split between the whiskeys, for only 140 drams!

Bottle Lotteries
Tuesday 19 Dec 16:00 – Wednesday 20 Dec 14:00

– We received a combined total of 3,644 entries, again fairly evenly split between the whiskeys, but for only 6 bottles!

(apologies that some of you didn’t receive an email confirming whether you were a winner or not for both rounds of lotteries)

Bottle Charity Auctions
Wednesday 20 Dec 16:00 – Friday 22 Dec 14:00

After which, we can go and recover from the excitement of it all and have a lovely Christmas!