Buffalo Trace Distillery has a rich heritage and distinguished history as a premier American bourbon maker.  This distilling tradition reaches back two centuries to 1787.  Situated along the banks of the Kentucky River, Buffalo Trace is named for the bison who traversed the etched traces through Kentucky and on westward.  Buffalo Trace’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is an exceptional example and benchmark among Kentucky’s variety of great bourbons.

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The booming bourbon demand has created shortages among Buffalo Trace’s bourbon reserves.  Americans are turning back to a spirit that is recognized for its quality and complexity, similar to the craft beer boom.  The growth of bourbon sales has no immediate expectations of slowing down.  Because the method of maturing a great bourbon is a process that takes years, the wait and increase in demand has created a shortage that appears to only continue.

Buffalo Trace’s flagship bourbon is a deep amber.  The aroma is a heavy molasses with a vanilla sweetness.  I best enjoyed this bourbon neat, allowing all of the great flavors best enjoyed.  The palate was spicy and sweet, with a noticeable oak and caramel finish.  The finish was exceptionally long and continued with the spicy notes.  This is a workhorse bourbon whiskey that is flexible enough to be used in a combination of great cocktails.

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Here is a great cocktail that highlights the flexibility of Buffalo Trace:

Bufala Negra

1 1/2 oz Buffalo Trace

4 basil leaves

1 brown sugar cube

1/2 oz balsamic syrup

2 oz ginger beer

Served in an old fashioned glass topped with ice and fresh basil for garnish.

I particularly enjoyed Buffalo Trace as a stand alone drink, but I’m excited to continue experimenting with this great bourbon.


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