Review No.29. Benchmark Bourbon

I have heard that this bourbon has been named Benchmark because it is THE benchmark to which other bourbons are compared against.  That is quite a big claim to make if it’s true.  This is in the price bracket of many bourbons you will find in UK supermarkets but it is not available in supermarkets as far as I am aware so you will need to order this online, but even after adding delivery fees this should still be in line with supermarket prices of it’s competitors (Buffalo Trace, Bulleit).


Whisky: McAfee’s Benchmark No.8 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 40% vol.

Nose: Buttered popcorn, vanilla, toffee, caramel

Taste: Cloying sweetness, marmalade, vanilla, caramel, corn

Finish: Spice and vanilla

Score: 3

Summary: Doubt I will treat this as my benchmark bourbon but it delivers all the classic bourbon flavours you would want.  The thing I noticed the most about this one is the thick texture which gives the flavours some weight.  It is a bit on the sweet side for my liking but not so sweet that it becomes sickly. This is an ideal session whisky to share with friends and is flavoursome neat, with ice, water or soda. Nice.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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