A good robust bourbon – a solid drinkable whiskey.
Notes: This is a straight (unblended) sour mash bourbon.This whiskey is produced at the scenic Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort (close to Woodford Reserve Distillery if you are touring) home of numerous other whiskies such as Ancient Ancient Age, Eagle Rare 10 year-old, Eagle Rare 17 year-old, Blanton’s, Buffalo Trace, Rock Hill Farms, Hancock Reserve, George T. Stagg, Old Charter, W.L.Weller Special Reserve, W.L.Weller 12, and Elmer T. Lee.(See our Adventure Section for a tour of the distillery).
Appearance: Red/gold in the bottle – except at the neck which is thinner, where it is more gold/brown. Wheat colored in the glass, which is a sign of a younger whiskey).
First Impression: Corn, caramel, vanilla, ginger, rye, sweet and sour notes. Dry, but slightly sweet finish, and on more warming: char, toffee, some spicyness. A short to medium rye/barley finish.
Taste: Dry start, medium to light mouth feel, slightly astringent, leaves a rather delicate warming considering the 100 proof strength.
Drinks: A good around-the-house or well-bourbon that stands up to a lot of mixers and doesn’t get lost in the mix.
Bottle: Basic square old style bourbon bottle. Rather similar to any number of other brands. Old style title script is printed on the label with three colors. Simple layout on rectangular label gives it a antique feel.
Final Thoughts: A good robust bourbon – a solid drinkable whiskey.
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