Distiller: Buffalo Trace
What does the distiller say:
Uncut and unfiltered, this robust bourbon whiskey ages for nearly a decade and boasts the bold character that is reminiscent of [George T. Stagg] himself.
Age: 8 Years
Color: Very Deep Amber
Floral with strong overtones of sweet vanilla. The high proof does not translate to overpowering alcohol as might be expected. A few drops of water adds to the sweetness.
Neat – Bold up front, as the proof would suggest, followed by caramel and a lot of vanilla mixing on the mid-palate. The mouth feel was noticeably thin and showed its relative youth just a little.
With Water – A few drops of water and the flavor opened up a little providing slightly more sweetness and depth of flavor.
Neat – The finish was mild and, as anticipated by the thin mouth feel, faded more quickly than we like.
With Water – The finish changed dramatically, actually adding to the duration, a welcome surprise.
Overall Rating: 89/100 (Recommended)
Recommended, especially if you like the higher proof bourbons. It has been produced as a more accessible version of the older and nearly unattainable George T. Stagg. At roughly $50 retail, we find this bourbon to perform its role admirably.
As the tournament comes to a head, we thought it was appropriate to repost our ‘Sweet 16 of American Whiskey‘. We know there are a great many fine bourbons that did not make this list, and we look forward to hearing your views on the ones that did and/or did not make it… and remember:
“The Best Bourbon is the One You Enjoy” – The Bourbon Guys
Bourbon’s newest event, The Bourbon Classic, held in Louisville, KY on March 22nd and 23rd was a resounding success. Read more…
Recently, we spent several hours selecting what we felt were the most noteworthy American Whiskeys of the past year. While it would have been easy to select the entries by flavor alone, we felt the list would contain far too many limited releases. Now we don’t know about you, but we just HATE reading articles about “The Best Bourbon You’ll Never Have”… Continue reading