Free sample from Buffalo Trace for this review. I don’t even think they read this blog so you can rest assured that what I taste is what I am writing about.
The color is on the lighter side, but I read it was new charred oak barrels and could be legally called Bourbon.
The nose is really nice. Candy corn, brown sugar covered cooked baby carrots, rice crispy treats, Golden Grahams and stone dust. It’s intriguing and not too hot.
The mouthfeel is good despite the 90 proof. It’s a little hotter in the throat than the nose would have lead me to believe. The taste isn’t as sweet as the nose either but it is interesting and the finish is long. This is very enjoyable but is quite different than most whiskies. The taste is focused on the back center of the tongue, unlike any other whiskey I can remember. The second taste comes through hot again and starts in the front of the tongue and migrates to the back again. It has a vegetable sensation to the flavor.
I’ve always been a fan of the BTEC series. Even if I don’t like the whiskey, I love that Buffalo Trace is putting out stuff that we can try of different experiments. This one is good but not one I expect them to make into a regular product. If you can buy it at MSRP you absolutely should pick it up! I wouldn’t go chasing it on the secondary for over $100 though… The 4 Grain is much better.. less is more. 89/100