Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon

The Data

Category   Whiskey

Sub-Category   Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Origin   Frankfort, KY

Retail Price   $24.99

ABV   45%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant chestnut amber color.

Aromatics

Then nose is wonderfully fruity with baked apples in the lead supported by rich caramel, wild mint, lemon zest, vanilla, sweet red cherry, pralines, and honey.

Flavor

The palate echoes the nose delivering a decadent fruit and grain driven core with loads of brown baking spices, spicy rye, and generous oak notes.

Intensity & Texture

Bold flavors without being extreme featuring mature Bourbon while flashing a vibrant and youthful exuberance; it's perfectly balanced.

Cool Factor

A

The name change of the old Ancient Age Distillery to Buffalo Trace required the introduction of a Whiskey (in 1999) with its namesake and what a Whiskey it is!

Value Grade

A

You would surely be challenged to find more Bourbon quality and pleasure for the dollar than found with Buffalo Trace.

Analysis

The Buffalo Trace Bourbon is primarily comprised of Bourbons aged eight and nine years. The Buffalo Trace Bourbon is made from the distillery's "Rye Recipe" (as opposed to wheat recipes like Pappy and Weller) giving it a healthy dose of spicy rye to contrast the rich fruit ands caramel notes. While the BT Distillery has become known in the Whiskey lovers world as an experimental and boundary pushing enterprise their namesake Whiskey has always been the star of the show.

How to Enjoy

Buffalo Trace Bourbon is in need of nothing but a glass. You can surely drink it on ice, as they often do in Kentucky, but I would suggest ice just enough ice to cool the Bourbon and not so much to dilute it. Buffalo Trace's value makes it a smart choice in cocktails delivering quality for a sensible price. I love it in the classic Manhattan.

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