DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was provided by the manufacturer. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.
Color: Golden Caramel
Nose: Oak, Sweet Corn, Vanilla, Brown Sugar, Spice
Taste: Sweet corn, Honey, Spice and Oak
Finish: Smooth and Oaky
If you haven’t seen our newest feature, it is called “What’s In Your Pocket?”. It is a list of whisk(e)ys by price range. After tonight Buffalo Trace will be gracing the top of the Under $30 list. My friends at Sazerac kindly donated this bottle to the cause, it was actually one of three that they were kind enough to let me have. I I have seen this many times at the store but was always a bit hesitant to pick it up. Never again! Buffalo Trace has a very colorful, and long history. Please take a few minutes and check it out HERE. Bourbon aficionados will recognize more than a few names.On to the review.
At first the nose on this is predominantly oak, followed by a hit of sweet corn and vanilla. The brown sugar and spice are at the very tail end but not diminished in the least. The aroma seems to meld together in the nose and tantalize the senses. At first I almost wrote this off as your typical bourbon, but it definitely is not.
The taste is where this really shines. The oak shines through first, coating your tongue in smokey vanilla and A bit of pepper. The corn sweetness rolls through and coats the tongue making way for a bit of brown sugar and honey. At the end of our tasting, this was the bottle we chose to wind down with and enjoy a couple of cigars with. I won’t try to go into details on the cigars, I’m not really an avid smoker, just the occasional cigar if I am given one. I will say this with the cigar was sublime!
The finish was a bit unexpected, I was expecting smooth and sweet, but got spicy pepper and a decent bite for a 90 proof. That was what really sealed the deal for me. I love a good bite at the end. To me that is what lets you know you are drinking whisk(e)y.
Rick said something towards the very end, this is the “Perfect introductory bourbon”. He’s right, it really is. You can’t beat the price. Who’s really going to be upset about spending $20-25 on a bottle of bourbon. Even if you don’t like it you aren’t out much, bourbon is always good to keep around. Everyone has at least one friend that loves whisk(e)y.
So, if you are new to bourbon and you don’t want to break the bank to find out if you are going to like it, this is a great starter. Even if you have been on the road as long as I have, it’s always nice to have a bottle around that you know will never disappoint. That’s all for me tonight, I have a bottle to finish!
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