Review No.9. Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Buffalo Trace are one of the largest and successful bourbon distilleries around.  They produce bourbons that are much sought after by fans and as a result command very high prices.  Anyway, this is their flagship entry level bottle and fortunately available at most supermarkets across the UK for a reasonable price.


Whisky: Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 40% vol.

Nose: Sweet, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon

Taste: Spicy cinnamon, vanilla and butterscotch, burnt sugar and oak

Finish: Medium, cinnamon and oak

Score: 2

Summary: I believe this bottle is available at 45% abv in the US and I wish it was available over here in the UK.  It has all the traditional bourbon flavours that you would expect, however I found it the be a bit thin in texture (sort of watery) which may be why the oak notes are more noticeable than the sweeter notes (no science to back that up – just my opinion).  I am probably being too critical but given this is a step up in price from other accessible bourbons, the reputation this distillery has and the fact that we don’t get the 45% version, I kind of feel justified in giving this a 2.  There are other bourbons that for a few pounds more can give you so much more. On taste alone it is a solid bourbon.


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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  • Toby Field

    Having not tried too many bourbons, this is my current favourite. I like the sweet honey, apples and cinnamon on the nose and the way that carried through to the palate with vanilla cream soda and light peppery spice. It gets even sweeter when mixed with Coke. Definitely a 4.5 for me.

    • Jag

      It is a shame that we only get this at 40% in the UK. If it was at 45% at the current price (£23) then this would be my go to bourbon but because it isn’t I pay the extra amount for Eagle Rare 10 (£36).