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Buffalo Trace, Warehouse I, Barrel 103 Buffalo Trace Distillery Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Warehouse I Barrel No. 103 "Personally Selected by A.J. of Liquor Mart" (located in Boulder, CO) 45% (90 proof)
By now, who hasn't experienced one of the great bourbon's or rye's that come from the sage hands at Buffalo Trace? If you haven't, consider yourself lucky as you're in for a treat!
Firstly, thanks to A.J. of Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO for having the gentlemanly sensibilities to select this unique and utterly gorgeous offering! As I understand it, the good folks at Buffalo Trace have been experimenting with variations with their barreling process. This is the first of 4 or 5 I have recently laid paws on. More to follow...
Color: Gold w/ streaks of light copper.
Nose: The corn comes through as baskets and baskets full of ripe black cherries, vanilla, and ethereal wisps of honey and spice with banana a late comer to the festivities, as is well oiled leather.
Taste: Whoa! The first mouthful yields a wave of deep, rich corn notes like a bold, spicy...buffalo...with more black cherry but less than the all-encompassing presence on the nose while also more subtle. Toffee, honey and loaded with spicy-sweet corn goodness. And spice. Revisiting the dram (and after my tongue mellows out from overly spicy Chile Rellenos), this beauty shows it's more tame side...
Finish: Caramel and spice, lingering rye-like and oak making a statement that explodes on the tongue and then dances and spins and...ah, what warmth!
In a round about way: An all-American bourbon that has me once again inspired after a series of flimsy excuses! A fourth of July firecracker that is launched from the nose, explodes in the mouth and sparkles down, down, down. Good fun this one is. What I'd imagine the Yankee cousin of Highland Park 12 yr. to be like.