For those following along in our Beginner Bourbon Series we gladly bring to you second on our list of our four best Beginner Bourbons. Coming in next on our list is a personal favorite of mine, good ol’ Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. If you’ve been following along and looking to get your bourbon collection up and running Buffalo Trace should be a staple of your early bourbon shelf and collection. We will post our tasting notes down below and hope you follow along too and share yours in the comments below to see what you liked (or didn’t like) about this bourbon.
Buffalo Trace Distillery is located in beautiful Frankfort, Kentucky. Buffalo Trace is claimed by their parent company to be the oldest continuously-operated distillery in the United States. According to the note on the back of the bottle, the distillery is named after the trace or trail it is located near, that crosses the Kentucky River just north of Frankfort. The Buffalo Trace bourbon was introduced in 1999.
My neighbor Bourbon Ben participated in this tasting with me. Our notes are listed below.
Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Age: No Age Statement
Price: Locally this bourbon ranges from $28-$31 dollars. A great deal for the price.
Nose: Straight out of the gate I get a sweet aroma of vanilla and fruit, most notably pear. Very sweet smelling bourbon.
Color: Light Caramel.
Taste: Similar to the nose immediately notice vanilla sweetness and the hint of pear. This bourbon also has a spicy burn, peppery with its tasting and finish.
Finish: A longer, spicier finish is noted when compared to our previously tasted Woodford Reserve. There is definitely a little bit more (good) burn to this bourbon but this isn’t a bad thing. Still very smooth and drinkable, even neat.
Notes: Buffalo Trace is another very good beginner bourbon, which is why we think it is so important to include in our Beginner Bourbon list. This does have a little bit more bite or burn with your sips and finish than some of the other beginner bourbons we might talk about. Nonetheless though it is a very good, very well priced, and readily available bourbon. Fruit notes, which I have always enjoyed in my drinks from beer to bourbon, really stand out with this tasting.
Bourbon Ben's Notes
Nose: Applewood smoke, spice, cranberry (dried), and vanilla
Color: Maple, amber.
Taste: Roasted pecan, caramel, and allspice.
Finish: Vanilla notes, pepper, with a deep/long finish.
Notes: Buffalo Trace is a hallmark bourbon whose distillery produces some of the most renowned bourbon in the world. More tongue bite than some of the more mellow bourbons but offers more breadth of flavor interpretations. Drinking on ice opens up the taste and nose with sweet fruit and deeper caramel flavor.
- Another great beginner bourbon. Very flavorful but different at the same time to help notice differences from other bourbons.
- Consistent, easy drinking, very fairly priced at roughly $30 a bottle. You should always be able to find this bourbon on the shelves but that is not a bad thing.
- Such a good brand.
Building on that last point, Buffalo Trace is one of my favorite bourbons because it is the grandfather if you will to many other well known bourbon brands. Buffalo Trace is responsible for directly production such well known brands as George T. Stagg, Stagg Jr., Eagle Rare, and the W. L. Weller bourbons. They also partner in production for the Van Winkle family of bourbons. With so many well known and flavorful bourbon under one roof you know they have to be doing something right at Buffalo Trace Distillery.
As always feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. Pour yourself a glass of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and jot down some tasting notes of your own. Drop us a line and let us know if your notes were similar or totally different than ours. We look forward to hearing from you. Cheers!