Buffalo Trace Review [In Depth]
Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Buffalo Trace Bourbon Details
Distillery: Buffalo Trace
Type & Region: Bourbon, Kentucky, USA
Alcohol: 45%Composition: Mash #1, speculated to be 75% corn, 10% rye, 15% barley Aged: NAS, but rumored to be 7-9 years
Price: $20-30 MSRP (750mL)
Buffalo Trace Overview
Buffalo Trace Bourbon (often called BT for short) is the namesake bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery, owned by the Sazerac Company (who also has a hand in Barton 1792, Van Winkle, and A Smith Bowman).
Buffalo Trace, like Eagle Rare 10 Year and Stagg Jr, is made from the lower-rye content mash #1. With the same mash, the variance between bourbons then, apart from proof, primarily comes from barrel selection across various rickhouses and floors (and the 10-year minimum age for Eagle Rare). Let’s see how this “gateway” bourbon holds up in this Buffalo Trace review.
Buffalo Trace Lineup of Reviews
Buffalo Trace Smell
Buffalo Trace sprints out of the glass with sweet honey, rye bread, mint, and alcohol with a dash of vanilla. I like the interesting rye-forwardness that provides a freshly-cut pine and anise freshness that I recall also finding in EH Taylor Small Batch Bourbon. If I didn’t already know, I would think that this was a high-rye bourbon or rye whiskey.
Buffalo Trace Taste & Aftertaste
Taking my first sip of Buffalo Trace introduces me to honey, caramel, and bready sweetness with charred wood, mint, anise, grass, and peppercorns, followed by spiced apples immediately after I swallow. The alcohol bites a little more than I would expect from 45% alcohol, with a constant peppercorn tingle on my tongue, but it’s manageable.
Overall, Buffalo Trace Bourbon has a lot of solid flavors, but none really stand out to me.
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Buffalo Trace Rating
Buffalo Trace is a solid bourbon that has good yet unremarkable flavors, but surprisingly is nicely fragrant aided by some of the rye-forward scents. While the flavors may not be overly complex, it has just enough intensity, character, and depth to be somewhat interesting and enjoyable to drink.
Buffalo Trace really is the gateway to the more complex and intense Buffalo Trace bourbons such as EH Taylor Small Batch, offering an amped-up but similar experience, or Stagg Jr, a beast that will test your limits.
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