Excerpt: Easily the most robust, versatile, full bodied, full flavored and well balanced bourbon in the $20-$25 range. For my palate, and my wallet, it’s really hard to beat and I can’t recommend it enough.
Excerpt: Everything about this bourbon feels like it’s been masterfully engineered to be the perfect example of what a bourbon should be. It’s hard to find any faults with this one and that’s by design.
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This core release from Buffalo Trace utilizes Mashbill 1 to deliver a 45% ABV Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with a cult like following.
Vanilla, cinnamon and light butterscotch. There is no ethanol on the nose and everything blends together like a nice, light cinnamon roll of bourbon goodness.
Its surprisingly complex and well blended, the vanilla is forefront and the cinnamon and spice back up the vanilla nicely. Overall, the mouthfeel is a bit thin but it coats nicely and all of the flavors are there. Its definitely BT Mashbill #1, and thats never a bad thing. Theres a faint hint of caramel and some light fruitiness.
Its not terribly long, but its gentle on its way out. More vanilla and a hint of caramel, it leaves a pleasant warmth and a really great aftertaste that leaves you wanting another dram.
This is a solid product with a lot going for it. Add in the very reasonable price (not considered in rating) and you've got a winner.
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