Bufallo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Buffalo Trace

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky

From the label “The ancient paths of countless buffalo led America westward. Legendary explorers, pioneers, and settlers alike followed these trails, known as traces, through rugged wildernesses to new lands, new adventures, and new found freedom.

One such trace, called the Great Buffalo Trace, crossed the Kentucky River at a spot just north of present day Frankfort. Early pioneers settled here in 1775 and, with plentiful pure limestone water and rich river bottom loam for growing exceptional grains, distillation quickly followed. With an unparalleled reputation for creating outstanding bourbon whiskey, the Buffalo Trace Distillery today stands as one of America’s oldest distilling sites.

The bold heritage of the mighty buffalo and the individuality and pioneering spirit of those early Americans are again found in Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey the very finest bourbon created at the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Traditionally handcrafted, Buffalo Trace has a smooth, confident taste that invites discovery with every sip. Explore Buffalo Trace and taste the spirit of legends.”

An Incredible Bargain

Reviewed by John Fegan on 06/03/2015 Rating: 3.1

Jim Murray has described buffalo Trace as “One of the world’s great whiskies” and it’s not hard to see why, Buffalo Trace is sweet with hints of toffee and red fruit but not overpowering, strong at 45% and yet extremely smooth. Given the incredible price tag this is pound for pound this is easily one of the best whiskies available in the supermarket.

Aroma: Gentle vanilla with hints of spice

Palette: Sweet yet chewy with lots of smooth vanilla and hints of toffee

Finish: A lingering finish of spice and liquorice

Bufallo Trace Bourbon

Produced by Buffalo Trace
Average Price £21

Buffalo Trace Bourbon is released as a no age statement ‘straight’ bourbon, however the lack of age statement means that by law it has been matured for a minimum of 4 years, though this may be contain older expressions. Easily the most affordable Bourbon whisky in the UK it typically retains for around £21 per 70cl bottle, marginally more expensive than the main Scottish blends.

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery where Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is produced claims to be the longest running distillery in US history, though this is challenged by the Guinness book of world records which holds Makers Mark (formerly Burks) distillery in as the longest continuously running bourbon distillery. Both were allowed to continue producing whiskey during prohibition for medicinal purposes.

Reigler holds that distillation was founded by Hancock Lee in or around 1775,  however no distillery was recorded and Leestown was abandoned between 1977 and 1978. Consistent distillation for market began in 1812 under Harrison Blanton continuing throughout the civil war and the distillery was modernised in 1870. The current distillery was built in 1920.

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