Tasting Notes for Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Nose: : Spicy and sweet with caramel, creamy toffee eclairs, hints of cinnamon, and oaky mint spice.
Taste: Pleasantly sweet to the taste with notes of brown sugar and spice that give way to oak, toffee, dark fruit and anise.
Finish: Good length with sweet spices and toffee.
Buffalo Trace is the flagship bourbon for the eponymous distillery made from corn, rye and malted barley. It’s aged in new oak barrels in historic old warehouses. The award-winning bourbon is batched from no more than 40 barrels at a time, and is aged on the middle floors of the distillery warehouses where the temperature fluctuation is the greatest. A top whiskey, with oodles of vanilla, barrel char and spicy complexity.
Numerous Awards, here's a sample:
World Whiskies Awards: Gold Medal - 2020
American Whiskey Masters: Gold Medal - 2019, 2018
International Spirits Challenge: Gold Medal - 2019
Buffalo Trace is the flagship bourbon from it's namesake distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, which claims to be the oldest continuously operating distillery in the United States. Records indicate that distilling started on the site that is now the Buffalo Trace Distillery in 1775 by Hancock Lee and his brother Willis Lee who died in 1776, with the first distillery being constructed in 1812 by Harrison Blanton.
In 1870 the distillery was purchased by Edmund H. Taylor and given its first name, the Old Fire Copper (O.F.C.) Distillery. Taylor sold the distillery eight years later to George T. Stagg and in 1886, Stagg installed steam heating in the storage warehouses, the first climate controlled warehouse for aging whiskey in the US. Albert B Blanton, who Blanton's whiskey is named after, joined the O.F.C distillery in 1897 as an office boy and would go on to devote more than 55 years to producing, protecting and promoting fine Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, eventually becoming president of the distillery, now called the George T Stagg distillery, in 1921. Under Col. Blanton’s direction, the Distillery survived and even thrived through Prohibition, the Great Depression, a devastating flood and numerous other challenges throughout the early 20th century.
The Distillery went through several changes of ownership and name before finally being bought by the Goldring family who renamed it the Buffalo Trace Distillery after an ancient buffalo crossing on the banks of the Kentucky River in Franklin County, Kentucky in 1992. Buffalo Trace Bourbon was created soon after the distillery name was changed, when visitors were continually asking why there was no whiskey named after the distillery. The marketing boffins obviously took note, and the world was blessed with the release of Buffalo Trace Bourbon in 1999.
Producer Buffalo Trace Distillery Style Kentucky Straight Bourbon Age No Age Statement Volume 75CL ABV 45%