Who says quality needs to be expensive? Well, at least not all the time.
Kentucky has been known to produce the best bourbons in all of the states. So, can one of the oldest distilleries produce something lesser than perfect? Never in a hundred years – or make it two.
Along that line of perfection, one of the very few good bourbons springs to mind – the Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. But how low in the price spectrum can it go? We’ll find out.
How Buffalo Trace Whiskey Came To Be?
Arguably the most celebrated distillery ever, Buffalo Trace Distillery has the distinction of being the most awarded distillery – with over 500 accolades coming from spirit competitions, writers, and enthusiasts alike. It even earned probably its most cherished recognition to date – the National Historic Landmark – which is a proof of its invaluable contribution to the industry for over 200 years.
The distinction earned it the right to be put among the elite group of the most influential and celebrated locations in North America.
It was founded in 1869 by Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr. and distilled at Buffalo Trace Distillery located in Frankfort, Kentucky. The distiller’s crown jewel has never changed through the years in terms of process.
The brand was released after more than 140 years of production in 1999.
Another Kentucky Pride
The Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is the flagship bourbon of the distillery with the same name. It’s handcrafted from malted barley, corn, and rye.
The mixture is then aged in new oak barrels, placed in middle floors where the most temperature fluctuations can be found, and batched in a maximum of 40 barrels at a time.
It is said to be made of the company’s mash of yellow no. 2 dent corn, malted barley, and plump rye grains, although it is thought to be made of lesser rye – around 10% or even less.
The concoction is then cooked and cooled down for around 3 to 5 days, after which it would be double distilled using column stills. It is then aged in American oak barrels.
Buffalo Trace Whiskey has been a symbol of excellence and quality that it has amassed its own collection of achievements through the years, apart from those of the company as a whole; to wit:
- 2019 SILVER MEDAL – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- 2019 SILVER MEDAL – Denver International Spirits Competition
- 2016 DOUBLE GOLD – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- 2015 GOLD – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- 2014 DOUBLE GOLD – New York World Wine & Spirits Competition
- 2013 EXCELLENT, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
- 2012 DOUBLE GOLD – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- 2010 SILVER MEDAL – International Wine and Spirits Competition
- 2008 GOLD MEDAL – Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition
- 2005 DOUBLE GOLD – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Properties of Buffalo Trace Whiskey
The best part of this bourbon is that despite it being very affordable, not a trace in its taste would hint that it’s cheap. It’s also listed as vegan on the manufacturer’s website if you’re watching closely of your diet.
It is classified under Straight Bourbon with deep amber color. It is aged for 8 to 10 years, has alcohol content (ABV) of 45%, and 90 proof.
To help you manage your expectations for this brand, please see below:
Nose: You will be welcomed by a sweet and spicy taste combined with caramel, rum spice, creamy toffee eclairs, as well as hints of cinnamon and sweetness of cereal.
Taste: Be prepared for a treat – a feast of brown sugar, oily espresso beans, honey, sweet oak, toffee apple, and a hint of chocolate-covered raisins, vanilla, candied fruit, and toasty wood.
Finish: Lingering hint of cinnamon gum, sweet spices, and toffee.
How Much Does Buffalo Trace Whiskey Cost?
Obviously, it is the distillery’s entry-level in the American whiskey category. Whenever you need to have a fix, this is your go-to drink, especially when you’re short on the budget. But it promises to never shortchange your bourbon experience.
But how much exactly is Buffalo Trace Whiskey’s price?
$30 to $32
Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey can be enjoyed in more ways than one and it promises to be as excellent each and every time.
- On the rocks
- With a bit of water
- With chasers like club soda and ginger ale
- As part of cocktails
Cocktail recipes involving Buffalo Trace Whiskey include the following:
- Cure for the Chicago Cold
1-oz. Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey
Half oz. Amaro Montenegro
Half oz. Aperol
Half oz. lemon juice
3 quarter oz. simple syrup
3 oz. Rare Tea Cellars Emperor’s Lemon Meritage tea, steeped
In a metal shaker, mix all the ingredients while submerging the bottom of the shaker in hot water and stirring at the same time to have a consistent temperature.
Transfer into a mug and add hot tea. You may top it with a few cinnamon gratings. Serve with a lemon wedge.
- Bourbon Apple
- 2.oz. Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey
1-oz. unfiltered apple juice
1-oz. lemon juice
A few cracks of black pepper
1-oz. ginger syrup*
*For the ginger syrup, mix 2-oz. ginger, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup water and simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool, strain, and refrigerate for 2 weeks.
Combine all the ingredients in a shaker and shake well. Strain into a glass with ice cubes and fill almost to the rim. Garnish with apple ball in a skewer.
- Thyme Will Tell
2-oz. Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey
Half oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Half oz. maple syrup
Scramble the thyme then combine all the ingredients. Garnish with lemon peel and serve.