This bottle is a wheated bourbon, which means that wheat is added instead of rye in the mashbill. This offers a different flavour profile – still distinctly bourbon, yet quite softer and creamier in general than the spicier rye bourbons, which, in terms of numbers, are the major players in bourbon. The first time I took a sip of this bottle I thought I had made a mistake, as I didn’t actually like it. I put it on my shelf, and then a few weeks later had another sip – and this time it grew on me. By the third sip, I was sold. Odd. Another brilliant bottle from Buffalo Trace Distillery down in Kentucky. .
Nose: pBold – vanilla, a bit of milk chocolate, almost a marshmallow like smell due to the creaminess– not marshmallow, but the impression of marshmallows on the nose not the tongue. Some nuttiness – almond, perhaps. 27/30 (90%)
Taste: Smooth bourbon-y entry, with some nice caramel – it heats up with spice, then dies down and dries out with fresh oak. Really nice working with the ingredients. Very well constructed throughout. 26/30 (87%)
Finish: Really nice. Oaky, and a bit mossy, and it lasts…18.5/20 (93%)
Conclusion: Very enjoyable, even though I didn’t love it at first. The classic oak on the finish is just brilliant in flavour and feel. 18/20 (90%)
Overall Score: 89.5/100