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Saturday, March 23, 2013

More than a fine Bourbon, an American Legacy


As a fan of bourbons, Buffalo Trace, was destined to be a favorite of mine. It is such a pleasure to drink (neat with a splash of water), and is very reasonably priced. I always have a bottle in my cabinet and it is one of my “go to” standards.

Whiskey: Buffalo Trace (Buffalo Trace Distillery)
Type: Straight Bourbon
Origin: Kentucky, USA

Although Buffalo Trace Distillery has been producing some of the world's best bourbon for more than 200 years, I discovered Buffalo Trace when I came across it in 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die (thanks Susan). This is a fine reference book on whiskies and I recommend it as a great way to educate yourself on various brands and types. Let’s face it, Buffalo Trace caught my eye first because I am a sucker for all things western and the bottle design sports a great sketch of a majestic buffalo. The company’s website is beautiful and very informative.  Here is an excerpt from their site:

More than just a spirit, more than just whiskey, this bourbon is a tribute to all that is uniquely American - a celebration of our country's rugged history, its fight for freedom and independence, and the fierce pride governing its heritage. Inside each bottle is the essence of courage, a sense of adventure, a quest for the unknown and a thirst for discovery. This is the legend and legacy of our rich ancestry, captured and embodied by Buffalo Trace Distillery.

My Review:
Buffalo Trace has an excellent aroma and on first sip has a bit of a spicy bite (one reason why I like to add a little water). It delivers the satisfying smoky warm flavors that make me love bourbon, with hints of vanilla, honey (or maybe molasses), mint, and a tang of orange.  It is a beautiful golden color. The finish is smoky, tangy, and leathery, with hints of tobacco. An excellent bourbon to accompany a fine cigar.

Here are just few of the recent awards, the whole list is very long:

  • 2012       Double Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2012       Excellent/Strong Recommendation - Ultimate Spirits Challenge
  • 2011       Silver Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2010       Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2010       Silver Medal - Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

Buffalo Trace is the flagship bourbon from the distillery. But the Buffalo Trace Distillery has an immense selection of labels. Check out the distillery’s website to learn more about Buffalo Trace's fine products.

All in all, I can't recommend Buffalo Trace highly enough. I predict it will become a staple in your liquor cabinet.

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