Near the Northern end of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail (irrespective of the fact that it is no longer a part of the Trail, or the Kentucky Distillers Association, for that matter) sits one of the greatest North American distilleries in existence. Buffalo Trace. Responsible for the production of Sazerac, George T. Stagg and Eagle Rare (among others), Buffalo Trace is also responsible for production of…shock!…Buffalo Trace.
While I should confess outright that bourbon is not really my drink, there are a few I really do love, and I will generally keep a bottle or two kicking around for those occasional (but overwhelming) cravings. As a rule though I’m usually partial to the more earthy nuances of single malts. Bourbons seem more suited to those ‘need for sweet’ times for me. Much like Canadian whiskies. But putting aside any thoughts to my personal bent…I’m going to sing it from the rooftops here…Buffalo Trace is a helluva good drink. And not just for a bourbon.
The nose is where this one really shines. It truly does border on flawless, in an almost unbelievable highwire balancing act of rich spice and intoxicating fruits. But…the devil is in the details, or so they say, right? So…on to the details…
Nose: Sweet peaches n’ cream corn. Synthetic cherry and grape juice. gorgeous balanced spice and vanillins leeched from the cask. Sour JuJube candy notes. Redolent in fruit. Beautiful. Really beautiful.
Palate: Not quite reaching the highs attained on the nose. Grape juice. Spices and spices and spices. Dusty oak notes. Better to not let it sit on the tongue too long. Just give it a few seconds to swish and dance around and swallow it fresh.
The nose alone bumps this up a notch or two.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt