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
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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