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  1. #1
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    Musky Buffalo Trace

    For the last couple of years, Buffalo Trace has been one of my " go to " bourbons; hard to match for an every day pour and in my top five when price is a consideration. Two of the last five bottles I've tasted have had a distinct musky taste; like that of a corked wine . Still very drinkable, but not of the caliber of past bottles. Has anyone else run into this? I'm not giving up yet on the brand yet but something isnt right.

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    Re: Musky Buffalo Trace

    I bought a bottle through Binny's that claims to be a single barrel, it is terrible. I have a hard time drinking it in fact. Nothing like the bottles I tasted in Kentucky.

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    Re: Musky Buffalo Trace

    I ran into this years ago with my first few bottles of BT. In fact, it was so bad that I had all but written off the brand completely. Fortunately the problem seemes to have been corrected. Maybe there are still some of the musty barrels in their inventory, but I have a hard time believing anyone would choose such a barrel for a special bottling. Maybe something happend to this whiskey between barrel and bottle?

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    Re: Musky Buffalo Trace

    Jim,
    Since we use a cork stopper, we do rarely experience cork taint. Tell you what, buy another bottle from Binny's and send me your address (kweber@buffalotrace.com) and I will send you a check. Just let me know how much it is and I will send the check before the Binny's bottle arrives. Also, I apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.

    Ken

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    Re: Musky Buffalo Trace

    Ken,
    Thanks for the offer, but it's not necessary; I'll stick with BT, other BT products, anyway. The two bottles in question were purchased at different times, from retailers in east Tennessee and the Cincinnati area.
    thanks again,
    Jim

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    Re: Musky Buffalo Trace

    Jim,
    Since we use a cork stopper, we do rarely experience cork taint. Tell you what, buy another bottle from Binny's and send me your address (kweber@buffalotrace.com) and I will send you a check. Just let me know how much it is and I will send the check before the Binny's bottle arrives. Also, I apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.

    Ken
    Ken rocks.

    Ummmmm....Ken....I had a bad bottle of....uhhh...William Larue Weller....and....uhhh....if you go ahead and send me a bottle then we'll be cool....uhhh...yeah!

    Seriously though, Ken's response is just another reason why I LOVE BUFFALO TRACE!

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    Re: Musky Buffalo Trace

    I agree. I've had the odd musty bottle from more than one distillery. It happens. My solution is to use it for cocktails or one of my whiskey blends and move on. Recently I used some 2005 Birthday Bourbon I felt was musky (possibly from the cork, but I 'm not sure) and combined it with a bottle of Woodford that also seemed "damp cardboard"-tasting almost like in beer oxidation. I then added to these a number of mid-shelf products including Beam Black and Grandad Bonded which considerably "took up" the must odour and yet were improved by being blended with better (although not perfect) whiskeys. Then I added more whiskey, some good Trace (I've never had problems with Buffalo Trace) and one or two other whiskies, I think some Jack Single Barrel. The result is a complex American straight whiskey of quality, and the must is almost gone. I view this as win-win. I realize not everyone wants to blend or has a large enough range to do so, but it is worth considering.

    Gary

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    Re: Musky Buffalo Trace

    Gary, you never cease to amaze me.

    Ken

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    Re: Musky Buffalo Trace

    Thankee Sir and the proof is in the pudding and you must taste the result. If not this Sampler upcoming, then at KBF '06 I trust.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all, I depart soon for a holiday to a Caribbean location wherein I hope to locate unusual bourbons and will report well and truly in due time.

    Gary

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    Re: Musky Buffalo Trace

    Merry Christmas, Gary! Sounds like a wonderful trip. Where in the Caribbean? Enjoy!

    Ken

 

 

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