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Buffalo Trace

My first bourbon (but not my last)

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mReview by @maltmate302

22nd Jan 2015

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I had held off buying a bottle of bourbon for quite a while, mainly because my only experience of american whiskey up to this point had been Jack Daniels No7,a drink which I consider to be one of the most unpleasant to ever pass my lips,right up there with JW red.

Fortunately,from the very first sip,I knew that this was going to be a very different experience. The nose is not a particularly strong one but it is most pleasant. I got an oaky vanilla with a touch of caramel. It's in the tasting that BT comes into its own.

The mashbill,according to the excellent review of the same expression by tjb,is 80% corn,10% rye and 10% malted barley and all these cereals are evident in the taste.The mellowness of the corn,the spiciness of the rye is all there. I got an oaky vanilla fruitiness on my palate but that was secondary to the lovely gentle taste of spice underpinning it all.That night I drank nothing but BT ,which is not my normal pattern of drinking at all but I wanted nothing else except my bourbon. To my delight it improved even more with some air and the mearest dribble of water, any hint of harshness completely disappeared. I knew then that bourbon and me were destined to become firm friends.

I have only given it an 85 more out of anticipation of things to come,such as Elijah Craig 12 and the antique collection, than anything else. I must emphasize that this is a 5 star 85 though, if it was called GlenBuffalo I'd be looking at marking it at 88 or 89 instead.

The options open to American distiller's ,with the only rule being it must contain at least 51% corn,make the mind boggle. I'll be drinking corn,rye and wheat whiskies for many years to come.The only blot on the landscape is that BT can no longer produce enough to satisfy demand which usually means higher prices.Currently, though, it remains one of the best deals you can get on UK shelves.

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7 comments

@tjb
tjb commented

A nice review, I agree with your observations on giving the new bottle time to breathe. If you want a recommendation for another to try I would place Eagle Rare 10 at the top of the list. Other worthy ones to try are Knob Creek and Wild Turkey Rare breed and If you want to spent a few more quid Blanton's Gold. The man to ask about Bourbon is @Victor. He was instrumental in starting my own bourbon journey.

5 years ago 0

maltmate302 commented

I think I remember Victor saying that Eagle Rare 10 was a good bourbon for people new to the genre to start. Yesterday I bought a bottle of Four Roses small batch to try.It's just a shame that the good stuff is so difficult to obtain in the UK.I'm seriously thinking of getting a rye next and High West has been in my thoughts. I'll ask Victor for his recommendation.

5 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@tjb and @maltmate302, I am sorry that it is such a big trip for you gentlemen to drop over to our house for some whisk(e)y tasting. You could sample all of the 50 or so bourbons and ryes we have open right now. You remain welcome if you ever wish to come this direction for a visit.

@maltmate302, I have sent you a buddy request, to facilitate further communication. If you are not already familiar with them, please take a look also at my various American whiskey lists.

5 years ago 0

@tjb
tjb commented

@Victor Likewise Sir. If you ever skip the pond the bar is open.

5 years ago 0

maltmate302 commented

Victor thank you very much for your kind offer and I'd like to extend you the same courtesy but I don't think my meagre selection of official bottlings (35 or so) would excite you very much. Tjb ,on the other hand, has a very nice thing going with his excellent whisky club in Stroud.I'd like to visit there myself but unfortunately whisky and travel don't really mix.

5 years ago 0

@Pete1969
Pete1969 commented

Good review, if you like this I would suggest Blanton's Original as a nice step up same distillery but only comes from one warehouse H and single barrel. Good dram when first opened excellent after a month or 2 open. 46.5% ABV so carries the flavour much better and quite a difference on the mouth feel. If your ever heading up to Lancashire feel free to get in contact got a few bourbons that will open your taste buds. Rare Breed, Blanton's SFTB and Four Roses 1B open at minute but have a Bookers on order.

4 years ago 0

maltmate302 commented

Pete1969 sorry I've been so long in replying to your very kind message but unfortunately for me I had just broken my arm and couldn't be bothered with 1 finger typing. Since I wrote this review I got right into bourbon myself. I already have Blanton's Original plus the Gold and 2 SFTB's.In fact I have all the bottlings you've mentioned plus things like ECBP and even a Parker's Heritage bottle. What I really enjoy from the USA is rye whiskey. High West Rendezvous and Smooth Ambler 7 year old are wonderful spirits and I just wish they were a bit cheaper in the UK. If you're ever in the South Wales region your more than welcome to try some with me!!

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