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Buffalo Trace

Cooking With Whisky: It Begins!

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@SquidgyAshReview by @SquidgyAsh

4th Dec 2012


Buffalo Trace
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My wife every so often decides that she's going to cook up some beautiful ribs that are cooked in a lovely sexy bourbon sauce.

However this poses a problem for me as she uses MY bourbon to cook said ribs.

But I came up with a solution, she uses the bourbon, I buy more bourbon.

Great solution right!?!

So she took it upon herself recently to cook up not one batch of these ribs, but four batches.

One for each family member.

Problem is that's going to take a LOT of bourbon, more then I had on hand.

Solution is to go pick up more bourbons, new bourbons!

I always take the opportunity when my wife makes bourbon ribs to pick up bourbons that I've never tried before, or bourbons that it's been a very long time since I've tried them.

So we head out to Dan Murphys to pick up some new bourbons.

We need three different bottles of bourbon and I decide to go with three completely different bourbons that are all new to me.

Buffalo Trace (weirdly enough I've had all of his big brothers), Wild Turkey and Bulleit bourbon.

We get all the bourbons home and over the course of the day my lovely wife does 99% of the prep while I try to help out and generally get in the way.

Hey what else are husbands for?!

Now I convince my wife to use whisky from some of each bottle in order to make sure that I can grab a sample from each whisky.

Now it's time to take these whiskies out for a spin!

I decide to start with Buffalo Trace, having tried multiple versions of it's big brothers, George T Stagg, William L Weller and Thomas H Handy.

I pour a wee bit of the Buffalo Trace into the glencairn and decide to give it a nose.

Oak, coconut, caramel, vanilla, burnt sugars, and cinnamon make this a very enjoyable nose.

Time for a taste!

Oak comes through first, quite strongly, then moving to hints of vanilla, bits of coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, hints of cherries.

It's quite sweet with a wee bit of oak tannins providing some bitterness.

However the body feels quite thin to me, coming in at that 40%. Even a 5% jump up in strength would have served this bourbon quite well.

Quite a very short finish with coconut and vanilla ending with a faint hint of sugar at the very end.

Not a bad bourbon.

Especially for $50 odd AUS, considering that Jim Beam and his company run at around $35 AUS.

Definitely spend the extra $15 bucks for the better whisky, but personally I find that I enjoy his big brothers much more, even if they are six times more expensive.

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WhiskyBee commented

Bottled at 40% in Australia? It's 45% here in the U.S. Also rather cheap at about $20 per bottle. But we seem to have similar palates when it comes to this one.

11 years ago 0

bm79 commented

That is odd that the Ozzie bottle is only 40%ABV. And yeah, it's $19.99 chez nous. The owner of the chain I work for went up to the distillery and fell in love, so we had to buy at my store 20 cases of 750ml, 8 cases of 1.75l, and 6 cases each of Eagle Rare and Blanton's... and an empty Buffalo Trace barrel!! I'm not shitting you. $2000 for an empty fucking barrel!!! I guess he just got wrapped up in the experience and forget that POS props are provided free... Yes, it still rankles, in case you didn't notice. 15 of us had to swallow that pill.

By the way, the 5% does help give it more depth.

11 years ago 0

SquidgyAsh commented

Sorry it took me a couple days to reply to you guys. Yeah sadly it's bottled at 40%, I actually triple checked considering everywhere online I'd seen it going for 45%. For some reason the Aussie importers (I'm assuming it's due to customs and excises) love to water down the whiskies that come in. Jack Daniels and Jim Beams all seem to sit at around 37% along with a whole host of other imported bourbons and as we see here Buffalo Trace is at 40%.

I can easily believe that that extra 5% would make all the difference on this whisky. A little more depth, a little more bang, would have probably been worth a solid 5 points or more to the score. Such a pity.

11 years ago 0