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Review: Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 29, 2011

The Buffalo Trace Distillery is located in Frankfort, Kentucky and is the oldest (although unfortunately, not continuously running) distillery in the Unites States. The Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon was introduced by the distillery in 1999. The Bourbon is made from a mash-bill of Indian Corn, selected rye grains, and malted barley. The resulting spirit is placed in selected white oak “center ring” barrels from selected trees which are aged from 70 to 80 years old. Finally, according to the Buffalo Trace website, meticulous inspection of the various locations in the Buffalo Trace warehouses had concluded that the very best whiskey was being produced on the fourth floor of warehouse C and the fourth through sixth floors of Warehouses I and K on the distillery site. For this reason all of the Buffalo Trace Bourbon is aged only in these locations.

Here is an excerpt from my review:

“…The initial aroma from the glass is layer upon layer of fresh cedar and oak planks with the sap still dripping from the fresh wood. The scent has a touch of astringency, and it is hard to get at the sweeter underlying aroma of honeycomb, vanilla and corn. But, as I let the glass decant, I began to notice them, first the honeycomb came wafting up mixed with sweet toffee, and then the vanillans and corn pushed through the breezes….”

You may read the full review here:

Review: Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

As well I have designed two great cocktails which suit this particular bourbon perfectly, the Kentucky Crocodile, and The Crocogator.  Please enjoy the review and the cocktails provided!

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2 Responses to “Review: Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey”

  1. rus said

    hi.all well i hope in the great white.we really had a hoot at the rumfest….yup ,concur with your review.just came back from oliphant where our first get together had dickels.knob creek, and buffalo trace..although enjoyable ,it did come in 3rd….interesting results on the final judgements at the rum fest. happy trails russ

    • Hi Rus

      I agree that the final results from the rumfest in Miami were “interesting”. With as many judges as we had I guess it was too much to ask to have unanimity, but I admit to scratching my head at a few of the results. As for the Buffalo Trace, it seems to garner much better reviews everywhere except for on my blog, so maybe I’m missing something. Then again, I have been sipping Knob Creek lately and I find myself agreeing with you completely, Its just plain better!

      And by the way, it was fun hanging with you in Miami1 Hopefully we will see each other next year!

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