Country: USA – Kentucky Distillery: Buffalo Trace Type: Bourbon Cask: American Oak Age: NAS ABV: 45% Proof: 90 Price: $22
Nose: Vanilla, orange, honey, plums, caramel, sugar cane, wood polish, mint. Palate: Black pepper, grains with an oily texture. Demerara syrup, buttered brown sugar, spicy end. Finish: Medium length. Spicy with vanilla cookies and caramel fudge. Oak becomes dominant every second.
There are and there should always be some bottles you can rely upon. Use them over ice or in a cocktail or just to have a quick shot to celebrate an event.
Buffalo Trace is one of them for me next to Eagle Rare. Did you know they have the same mash-bill? Honestly nine of them ever disappointed me. Buffalo Trace has always been at the level and quality what I call 'solid'. It is a perfect example of a good bourbon at that price range, probably slightly younger than 10 years as it is a NAS whiskey.
After it was released in 1999, Buffalo Trace (aka. BT) became a hit with the clientele they had in mind. It was all right moves, good pricing, high quality product with depth and story. There is no reason to call BT a mediocre product.