Country: USA – Kentucky
Distillery: Buffalo Trace
Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Cask: 6 months air dried level 4 charred white oak
Age: 7 years 1 month
Price: $45 (375ml)
Nose: Herbal and spicy. Buckwheat has bigger impact than I have imagined. Definitely fresh and refreshing.
Palate: Has a subtle character. No edges, honeycomb, a little bit pepper heat, vanilla, oak spices.
Finish: Sweet and short. Mash bill with 6 grains created a mixed character here. Lacking character.
Since 2006 Buffalo Trace Distillery has been releasing experimental whiskies. We have just received one of the 2017 releases, namely Organic 6 Grain Whiskey. The Kentucky distillery has more than 15000 barrels dedicated to create experimental whiskies.
This Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection bottle constructs a distinct mash bill of six grains; corn, buckwheat, brown rice, sorghum, wheat, and rice. All six grains received organic certification, and the production method at Buffalo Trace Distillery, including distillation, processing, and bottling was organically certified. Aged in eight new charred white oak barrels, after resting in Warehouse H for seven years and one month, the whiskey was chill filtered and bottled at 90 proof.
It has slight herbal tones and other myriad of flavors, heavy wood tannins and earthy notes with a spicy aftertaste round out this comprehensive flavor. The complexity of this bourbon is precisely the intent and doesn’t lean on any dimensions.
I believe that Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection is a real gem for any bourbon lovers seeking an adventure on taste and aroma profiles. Some might believe that sticking to good old Buffalo Trace is just enough.
On the other hand, bourbon can feel like a narrow alley sometimes and I see no bad reason to be a wanderer and experiment new qualities.