Not too long ago famed whiskey expert Jim Murray called Buffalo Trace the best distillery in the world and it’s kind of hard to argue with that. They make phenomenal products which include their namesake Buffalo Trace Bourbon, the entire Van Winkle line, the famed Buffalo Trace Antique Collection and the Weller bourbons, to name a few. On top of that they are constantly experimenting with every factor in the bourbon process they can with the goal of making the perfect bourbon. One has to admire such fervor.
Buffalo Trace is also one of the oldest distilleries in America with the Burk Distillery (where Maker’s Mark is made) being the only one older. Buffalo Trace claims they are the oldest since distilling was taking place on the Buffalo Trace site 30 years before Burk, though there is some argument about if that counts. Either way Old Forester currently holds the record for longest continuously distilled bourbon since it made it through prohibition by being categorized as a medicinal whiskey and in the end isn’t that what really matters?
Oldest or second oldest distillery all that really matters is the product that comes out of it and when it comes to Buffalo Trace that product is good. Damn good one might say. Easily the most robust, versatile, full bodied, full flavored and well balanced bourbon in the $20-$25 range. For my palate, and my wallet, it’s really hard to beat and I can’t recommend it enough.
If you’ve had the awesomeness that is Buffalo Trace add your own notes and thoughts in the comments below.
Buffalo Trace Bourbon Review
Distiller: Buffalo Trace
Caramel with a bit of reddish gold
Buffalo Trace has a wonderful aroma filled with caramel, citrus peels, honey, cinnamon, brown sugar, marzipan and hints of oak and corn. The vanilla is a bit subdued, but when it appears it’s a nice surprise.
I’ve always been able to taste both the corn and rye in Buffalo Trace and I love it. Along with the corn and rye is a big dose of caramel followed by hints of toffee, burnt sugar (brulee), honey, cinnamon and pepper. There are some hints of dark fruit and, again, subdued vanilla and a nice oaky underpinning to the entire flavor.
As smooth and effortless as a 90 proof can be.
Long woody finish punctuated by caramel, toffee, under ripe citrus and vanilla.