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In Frankfort, Kentucky in the USA, you will find the formidable Buffalo Trace Distillery, where whiskey has been made for over 200 years. The distillery was put on the list of National Historic Landmarks in 2013, giving the buildings protected status. Since 1992 she is owned by the drinks giant Sazerac from New Orleans. Their bestseller is this Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon. I will put a bottling from 2013 head-to-head with one from 2014 that is bottled at a lower ABV.
Very sweet and spicy nose on vanilla, corn and rye with some mint. The spices on duty are cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. Some citrus peels shine through. After a few minutes some brown sugar and honey kick in. Hints of nuts, both almonds and hazelnuts. Soft.
It is almost creamy on the palate. Make that syrupy. Loads of honey with spices (should such a thing exist), with a big pepper in the lead. The mint is prominent as well and keeps it fresh. The fruitiness consists mostly of citrus and raisins. Feels a bit ‘dark’, if you know what I mean.
The finish is fairly long and leaves the oak the final say.
Very accessible and soft bourbon, offering value for money.