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This is a bottle I scored about a year and a half ago in a bourbon lottery. I have had it a few times, but finally got around to reviewing it last night. This is one of the nicest looking bottles I’ve seen. It comes in a nice sleeve, and the bottle design makes you feel like you are drinking a bottle from the 1800s.
Date Reviewed: February 2, 2020
Atmosphere: In a Glencairn glass, neat at home.
Distillery: Buffalo Trace
Mash: Buffalo Trace mash bill #1
Age: No Age Statement. Thought to be 7 years.
Price I Paid: $85.00 Canadian
Appearance: Watery gold, liquid caramel. Pretty standard bourbon look.
Nose: Fairly subdued nose. What sticks out is a hint of spice, brown sugar and cherries. There is a slight hint oak, and very faint hint ethanol but much less than you’d expect for a 50% bourbon.
Palate: Small amount of heat on first sip, but quickly followed by a sweet vanilla or cherry coke after taste. Mouthfeel is woody and oily which lingers in a good way.
Finish: Medium length finish with a sweetness to it. No burn going down. Definitely noticed this one got better after the bottle had been opened for a month or two.
Conclusions: I’ve never had a bottle grow on me as much as this one. When I had my first sip I really didn’t like it. Each subsequent sip I’ve had since I’ve liked more and more, to the point where I am getting sad that my bottle is almost empty. Lucky for me, I bought 2 bottles, and still have an unopened one :).
I would buy this again at MSRP, and the bottle design alone makes it worth having in your collection/on display. That said, it is a pricey bottle, and there are a lot of other great bourbons at the same price point or lower.
Overall Score: 85/100