Buffalo Trace, the 2005-2007 Distiller of the Year, is responsible for some of the finest bourbon in production. Their stable of brands includes (but is not limited to) Blanton’s, George T Stagg, Eagle Rare and the legendary Pappy Van Winkle. In other words, these guys know how to make some bourbon! Buffalo Trace claims to be the oldest (not necessarily continuously-operating) distilling site in the United States. With this heritage in mind, I was excited to try the bottle that carries the distillery’s name.
I have been meaning to try this flagship whiskey from Buffalo Trace for quite some time now, but given the price ($20-24), I was not expecting liquid gold. Boy, was I wrong. I was shocked how smooth and drinkable it was. The caramel and slightly nutty nose carries over into its initial kick. The flavor then transitions to a nice sweetness and very subtle mint undertone that many have described as a white corn. Finally on the finish, the oak takes over with a mellow but long aftertaste.
For around $20 whiskey enthusiasts are getting an extremely complex bottle of whiskey. This might be the finest “cheap” bourbon I have ever bought and it has earned a permanent spot in my liquor cabinet. I drank BT three ways, neat, on the rocks, and (gasp) with a splash of soda. I found that my favorite way to drink it was with a couple of ice cubes to cool it off and bring out some of the sweeter undertones.
In conclusion, Buffalo Trace is a very good and affordable bourbon that you will reach for over and over again.