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WineGuy
03-30-2008, 18:32
First bottle of Bourbon I purchased was Wild Turkey 101. It had a burn to it, but was okay.

Second bottle of Bourbon I purchased was Maker's Mark. I loved the smell. WOW was it a great cake smell, so less rough than WT101. WT101 is for hard working man in the field. Rough and ready for anything.

But I was not expecting Buffalo Trace to be better than both. It does not smell as good as MM, but it sure is smooth and has taste better.

I have an ugre to go buy a soft leather sofa and recline while sipping Buffalo Trace. Wow. Just wow. Great stuff. I almost did not buy it because the person working said it was rye and from my experience with WT101 I know rye is very spicy. But BT is great. My new favorite!

WineGuy
03-30-2008, 19:13
I thought about buying all my friends a bottle of Buffalo Trace. But I have a better idea. I'm going to invite them over and let them taste test the bourbons I have. I wonder what my friend who likes Jack Daniels will think.

PS.... A snickers bar is an amazing treat after finishing a glass of BT.

CorvallisCracker
03-30-2008, 19:24
BT is my "go to" rye'd Bourbon. It's what I use as a comparison point when trying a new-to-me rye'd bourbon. Although it lacks the depth and complexity of an older bourbon, it's very smooth and flavorful.

As your next one I'd suggest Wild Turkey Rare Breed.


PS.... A snickers bar is an amazing treat after finishing a glass of BT.

And here I thought I was the only one who knew that...

drli
03-30-2008, 19:32
I two really like Buffalo trace... but I would suggest that you try Elmer T. Lee, or Evan Williams 10y SB next.

The current Wild Turkey is quite harsh... If you can get your hands on some 12y Wild Turkey.. then you will talk a different story.

Tennessee Dave
03-31-2008, 08:07
I second the recommendation of WT Rare Breed. Outstanding.

WineGuy
03-31-2008, 14:49
Does BT sell a 1.5L?

SBOmarc
03-31-2008, 14:56
Does BT sell a 1.5L?

Indeed they do.

WineGuy
03-31-2008, 15:01
Indeed they do.

I have to go back to Binnys. The local liquor store only sells the 375ml and 750ml.

CorvallisCracker
03-31-2008, 15:05
Having survived the 10 oz of BT that he consumed last night, WineGuy asks:


Does BT sell a 1.5L?

which would last about five nights, I guess.

WineGuy
03-31-2008, 15:31
Having survived the 10 oz of BT that he consumed last night, WineGuy asks:



which would last about five nights, I guess.

Hahaha... 5 days. It could happen. BT is good stuff.

My hopes are to limit myself to 5-6 ounces, maybe 3 times a week. I like BT so much I think it will be my everyday pour. I'd like to have 2 of those 1.5L on hand just in case company comes over. I'm planning on introducing everyone to BT.

Dr. François
03-31-2008, 20:06
Buffalo Trace was my gateway bourbon. I bought a 1.75L in CO for 35 bucks. I'm still working on it.
In the same price bracket, I really, really like the Elijah Craig 12YO. It is a great way to see what I consider the flagship products of both distilleries, Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill. It is a close tie as to which I prefer.

WineGuy
03-31-2008, 20:15
Buffalo Trace was my gateway bourbon. I bought a 1.75L in CO for 35 bucks. I'm still working on it.
In the same price bracket, I really, really like the Elijah Craig 12YO. It is a great way to see what I consider the flagship products of both distilleries, Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill. It is a close tie as to which I prefer.

Elijah Craig is on my list and will be added to my bar very soon.

My biggest problem is I am buying more bourbon than I can drink! I feel like I need to have the top 10 in my home so I can compare them all. Some bottles like the WT101 I don't plan on drinking from again, but will use it for cooking or when a friend wants it.

WineGuy
03-31-2008, 21:29
I am drinking a lot more than 10 ounces tonight. :D

WineGuy
04-01-2008, 02:15
I am drinking a lot more than 10 ounces tonight. :D

I did the advil tonight again and am feeling fine. Maybe the BT is weaker than it says on the bottle. I can drink this all night. If I drank this much seagrums I would be in trouble.

Dr. François
04-01-2008, 06:51
My biggest problem is I am buying more bourbon than I can drink! I feel like I need to have the top 10 in my home so I can compare them all.

Yep, that's the rub when you're starting a collection. More than you can drink in what period of time? Back when I was a younger man, I didn't buy more than I could drink in one span of consciousness. Now I like to have enough variety to do some snobby, pretentious comparisons. I've settled on having between four and seven bottles open at a time.

Once a bottle gets down to 1/8 full (or 7/8 empty, for you pessimists), I move it out of rotation. This way I can keep a little of the nearly empty bottle for a tasting down the road. For example, I only have one Weller open now: Antique. A few bottles from now I'm sure to buy a different Weller. I want to have a bit of the Antique on reserve to do a mini-comparison.

OscarV
04-01-2008, 14:41
That is a good idea Jeremy, I wish I would have saved a couple of shots from all the ones I have emptied.
There have been several times when a brand will come up in conversation here on the boards that I have had a couple of years ago but don't quite remember the exact taste.

Here is a suggestion, get some minis, 50ml bottles, and fill one with the last bit from your bottle and label them for comparison at a later date.
In the 50ml bottle you won't have the air so the whiskey will not change.

DoubleT
04-01-2008, 15:04
"Holy Cow is Buffalo Trace good or what!"

Oh, yeah. I got my first bottle a couple of weeks ago thanks to my brother. It is absolutely great, and as it is not yet available in OK, I'm taking my time drinking it. Since it isn't I but a lot of Fighting Cock, Evan Williams Green Label, Jim Beam Black, Weller Special Reserve, and of course Maker's Mark. All very nice bourbons and not so expensive I can't keep it around the house.

I liked WineGuy's post...


I thought about buying all my friends a bottle of Buffalo Trace. But I have a better idea. I'm going to invite them over and let them taste test the bourbons I have.

Tasting does sound better than buying for them. I recently (yesterday) turned over a 2 oz sampling of my BT to another bourbon drinker. He is hooked. Now if I can just talk him into bringing me back a bottle, on him, when he goes to TX next month... Sounded good to me for introducing him to this fine bourbon. :lol:

clbrosch
04-01-2008, 15:12
First bottle of Bourbon I purchased was Wild Turkey 101. It had a burn to it, but was okay.

Second bottle of Bourbon I purchased was Maker's Mark. I loved the smell. WOW was it a great cake smell, so less rough than WT101. WT101 is for hard working man in the field. Rough and ready for anything.

But I was not expecting Buffalo Trace to be better than both. It does not smell as good as MM, but it sure is smooth and has taste better.

I have an ugre to go buy a soft leather sofa and recline while sipping Buffalo Trace. Wow. Just wow. Great stuff. I almost did not buy it because the person working said it was rye and from my experience with WT101 I know rye is very spicy. But BT is great. My new favorite!

If you like BT you will LOVE eagle rare - its made by the same people and very much smoother than most.
EC 12 is cheap but too spicy and "rough" on my taste buds.:hot:

if you like BT and eagle rare its time to treat your self to old rip van winkle 12 year old special reserve lot "B":bigeyes:

Tennessee Dave
04-01-2008, 19:26
Still waiting for the BT to make it to the Chattanooga market:rolleyes:

whiskeyhatch
04-02-2008, 18:53
BT is one of my absolute favorites as well as WT 101. I also find the WT 101 to be a bit harsh right out of the bottle so I always add a bit of distilled or spring water to it. It cools it down and brings out a lot of wonderful flavor.

drunkenjayhawk
04-03-2008, 15:02
BT finally made it into eastern Kansas where I live. I was shocked when I saw it and immediately picked up a bottle. It since become a new favorite go to pour. :cool:

d_nelly78
04-13-2008, 15:08
I finally found BT while on vacation in FL last month. I let my fellow bourbon drinking family members try it also. We were split between it and Eagle rare which I also had for the first time. They are both excellent and smooth for a very fair price. I am in VA now and cannot find buffalo trace in the Post Exchange but they do have Eagle Rare for the same price as Jim Beam Black. Around 20 bucks. I can afford that all day. Buffalo Trace distilery seems to have there sh$t together and are making excellent products from top to bottom.

SBOmarc
04-13-2008, 18:10
BT finally made it into eastern Kansas where I live. I was shocked when I saw it and immediately picked up a bottle. It since become a new favorite go to pour. :cool:

Must taste especially fine since the end of the EnSee2A Basketball Tourney?

Jono
04-14-2008, 09:01
Dittos...BT impressed me right away on my first taste and is probably my 1st choice as a regular pour. They are doing a brilliant job down there and in the latest MaltAdvocate - handed out at WhiskyFest - Mark Brown, President and CEO of Buffalo Trace is on a quest to build the perfect whiskey....gathering hundreds of reviews and identifying the characteristics that yield the best profile....a daunting task...for even after you know what to look for...finding the perfect combination is probably a fools errand..but damn...a great quest! It is not the same as blending to achieve a flavor profile...but instead how to make the perfect whiskey by controlling all of the factors...wood, grain, water, distillation etc.

JamesW
04-30-2008, 19:41
Holy Cow I agree. Got my first bottle of this today and it is amazing for the low price of $27. It's sweet with a spicy kick and smooth all the way. I am throughly impressed and I thank this thread for peaking my interest and getting me to take the plunge! Cheers!!!:toast:

HipFlask
04-30-2008, 21:34
I certainly seem to enjoy all of the BT products I have had. I can't really say I have an everyday pour. It is more of an everyday rotation. Kinda works like the BT, WLW 12 yr, ETL then Weller Anitque. WT Rye change of pace, PVW (Anything), Eagle Rare, OLD RIP VW 10 yr 90. EC 12 yr mix it up again and some 4 Roses. Then start at the top of the list. Keeps life fresh and full of variety but also alot of BT products. You can check out their website here to make your shopping list.

http://www.buffalotrace.com/home2.html