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    Re: BOTM, 10/05: Buffalo Trace

    I just recently tried my first bottle of BT. I didn't like it at all. Too musty and dank. Most that post here seem to like it. I was disappointed.

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    Re: BOTM, 10/05: Buffalo Trace

    Quote Originally Posted by Martian View Post
    I just recently tried my first bottle of BT. I didn't like it at all. Too musty and dank. Most that post here seem to like it. I was disappointed.
    Martian, don't give up on the BT quite yet. There have been numerous discussions here regarding overly musty and dank BT bottles. This was about a year or so ago. Possibly a bad batch. Several members pointed it out (me included) in bottles from several markets. Maybe, you got one of those. Try another bottle, particularly if you can confirm it is recent vintage, because the current BT is as good as ever.

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    Re: BOTM, 10/05: Buffalo Trace

    I've bought 2 bottles of Buffalo Trace, and the first I enjoyed quite a bit. The 2nd I would describe as ashy, like someone rinsed an ashtray with my bourbon then put it back in my glass. Maybe this is what others are describing as musty/dank.

    smokinjoe, how can I determine if a bottle is from a recent vintage or not?

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    Re: BOTM, 10/05: Buffalo Trace

    I will try another bottle in the future. The BT is at the bottom of my tasting list right now. There are so many others to try first. I won't give up on BT.

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    Re: BOTM, 10/05: Buffalo Trace

    Quote Originally Posted by alphaiii View Post
    I've bought 2 bottles of Buffalo Trace, and the first I enjoyed quite a bit. The 2nd I would describe as ashy, like someone rinsed an ashtray with my bourbon then put it back in my glass. Maybe this is what others are describing as musty/dank.

    smokinjoe, how can I determine if a bottle is from a recent vintage or not?
    Two ways that I check, is to look at the bottom of the bottle for the two digit number that indicates a year--as in, 06 for 2006, 05 for 2005 etc. That number is the year that the bottle was manufactured, and it's life as an empty vessel is extremely short before it is filled by the distillery. Or, you can ask the manager of the retailer to see when he got the current stock in. The time from when he got it in, to when it left the distillery shouldn't be seriously long for a brand such as BT, I would think.

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    Re: BOTM, 10/05: Buffalo Trace

    Another possibility - look for a single-barrel bottling. Certain stores (like Binny's and Sam's in Chicago) get single-barrel bottlings that are identified by a sticker. I've seen BT, ETL, Weller 12, and Saz Jr. with such stickers.
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    Re: BOTM, 10/05: Buffalo Trace

    I myself have been very fortunate when it comes to BT. This one is my daily pour and I always have at least one 1.75 L bottle in my pantry. I've been through many, many of these and I have never been disappointed. Does anyone know what the mashbill is on BT? I've read on some other posts that it's a wheated bourbon. To me it has a very noticable corn flavor (well aged, I might add) and the perfect balance of rye. But wheat? I always gravitate toward the wheaters but I can't seem to pick out that particular grain from the rest. Any suggestions........?


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    Re: BOTM, 10/05: Buffalo Trace

    [quote=whiskeyhatch;85148] I've read on some other posts that it's a wheated bourbon.


    My apologies. I believe that I may have misread a previous post (or posts). There does not appear to be any wheat in the BT mashbill.
    Kevin

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    Re: BOTM, 10/05: Buffalo Trace

    Buffalo Trace is definitely a rye recipe bourbon. I particularly like the earthiness of the bourbon, however, I have also tasted it when it was somewhat musty. Since BT has a cork stopper, we sometimes experience cork taint, which tends to impart a musty flavor (to varying degrees). We did seem to experience a bad run of luck with corks for both BT and Blanton's about a year and a half ago. A big sit-down meeting with the cork producer seems to have cured that problem completely.

    Ken

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    Hello all,

    1st post...

    After reading all the great reviews on BT, I purchased a bottle. I have started down the Bourbon path about 15 months ago and have been drinking Basil Hayden, Maker's Mark, Woodford Reserve, Baker's and Pappy 20. Boy was I disappointed when I had my first glass of BT. So I had a second glass on the rocks and it was much improved, but I don't know that I would choose it over Makers. I also bought a bottle of Eagle Rare SB 10, and it was pretty good and would buy it over Makers...

    Any thoughts on why the BT didn't hit my taste based on the other's that I have liked to this point?

    Thanks!

    //lerxst

 

 

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