Prepare to be amazed. Outstanding aromas of brown butter vanilla and spring mint with a faint essence of an old baseball glove that makes it ever more interesting. Honeyed oak spice and slightly sticky sweet caramel core that is uncompromising and complex beyond belief. Sprits journalist F. Paul Pacult noted it is '…one of the greatest values in the worldwide whiskey category. A supremely well-made and compelling whiskey whose virtues are apparent from start to finish.' Hands down, this is the best Bourbon under $30.
To appreciate the full history of Buffalo Trace distillery is a daunting task. It is a brand and place that has produced legendary whiskey for generations, and was helmed by some of the biggest icons in American distilling. George T. Stagg bought the O.F.C. distillery from Colonel E. H. Taylor in 1878, and together the two men built the company into a distilling behemoth, taking its business to unseen levels in the industry. In 1904 the distillery was renamed and now donned the moniker of its owner and brightest star. Throughout the 20th century, the distillery saw a number of changes. Prohibition came and went (GTS was one of a few distilleries permitted to produce whiskey "for medicinal purposes" during this troubling time.) The distillery changed hands a couple of times throughout the decades, and finally landed in the hands of the family behind the Sazerac Company in 1992. Along the way they introduced the first single barrel bourbon, named for Albert Blanton who followed in the footsteps of Masters Taylor and Stagg. The company rechristened themselves Buffalo Trace Distillery in 1999 and have been on a tear ever since. With the Sazerac company leading the charge Buffalo Trace is responsible for releasing the most sought after American whiskey year after year.