Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Overall rating
78.46/100
votes
323
Whiskybase ID
WB34099
Category
Bourbon
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Casktype
Charred American Oak Barrels
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
080244009984
Added on
16 jul 2012 7:21 pm
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 25.26

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758 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon

65 users have left 68 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 78.46 points.

  1. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    It’s to smack away. A bourbon without the often penetrating glue in the nose. Now not the aroma power in the nose. But he shows what he has beautifully. Surprisingly spicy in the mouth. I might have expected a little more sweetness in the mouth, but the Buffalo Trace is not bad. For just under € 20, that's a more than decent PLV.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The bourbon in the glass shows a rich amber brown. Very delicate fragrance in the glass. The 45% alcohol absolutely doesn't sting your nose. The glue note often seen in bourbon is only subtle, if at all. In addition to lots of vanilla and sweetness, a delicate floral note. Interesting. A little orange is also present.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Surprisingly spicy! At the beginning it is briefly sweet, then, as I said, it becomes spicy with nutmeg and oak. Not too strong. Pleasant mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      81 81
      The finish is not too long. The nutmeg and a little bit of fruit-sweet honey stick a little in the mouth. The spiciness is still there.

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  3. Benjamin_on_Spirits scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    Great value, lovely.
    • Nose
      Intense, oaky, coconut, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, grilled pineapple, apple and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Sweet alcoholic mouthfeel, round and plush.
    • Finish
      Cedar, vanilla, cinnamon, apple and reminds me of apple pie.

  4. Drum scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A bourbon that is excellent as an aperitif and also as a dessert, it actually has something of a liqueur about it. So sweet and easy to drink... Also an excellent PLV for me.
    • Nose
      Very sweet, lots of vanilla, toffee, caramel and a slight (!) pleasant note of glue
    • Taste
      Very mild, sweet, vanilla, toffee and butter biscuits
    • Finish
      Medium length, very mild, oily and tasty

  5. ZLako scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    N: Loads of vanilla bursting immediately with spices. Some cinnamon. Toffee and toasted oak.

    P: The palate delivers the same notes albeit in a much more muted and toned down version. Overall pleasant and sweet with no off notes.

    F: Short to medium at best. Sweet and a bit oaky.

  6. Dris scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      79 79

  7. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    I bought the wrong one...
    The 700ml version is only 40% abv!
    Should buy the 1000ml version is 45%.... I will definitely remember in the future...

    The taste becomes watery...the aroma becomes too thin,
    But even so,
    The aroma is still better than most 40% whiskies.
    Still a great whiskey.

    The taste score is 81 and the price doesn't affect the score.

  8. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    S 5
    A brand with character, overall a balanced bourbon with a strong rye spice finish. Rumour is it's on average aged for 8 years.

    N 25
    - Great touch of mellow vanilla
    - charred oak spice
    - Toffee

    P 23
    - Honey
    - Rye spice
    - Charred caramel
    - Hint of mint

    F 23
    - Carried over honey & spice finish
    - Charred spice
    - Apple aftertaste

  9. robbert88 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      vanilla, caramel, new fresh wood, charred wood, almond, cinnamon, hint of honey,
    • Taste
      lots of wood, honey, black pepper and cloves, cherry, roses,
    • Finish
      leather, burnt fresh oak, mint, cinnamon, sour, cloves,

  10. Albaron scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Delicious, suitable for every occasion, something different. You need variety sometimes, beautiful aromas that are composed in an exciting way should only have a little more alcohol
    • Nose
      some alcohol and solvents, sweet, vanilla, a hint of cream toffee, some spices and herbs, cannot deny the bourbon origins
    • Taste
      sweet vanilla, a toffee note, mild and slightly creamy, almost no solvent, some oak, nutty and a subtle herbal note
    • Finish
      Oak, sweet, slightly nutty, plus some tannins

  11. coldsun scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Straight, classic but anyway solid and tasty bourbon. As usual it gives good value for its price.

  12. Roley scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

  13. kikist scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    Nice value for the money but give us that 5% extra ABV... Little bit watery

  14. AndrewJ scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    For the discounted price ok but a touch boring.

  15. Fixlinho scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    good solid bourbon for a fair price

  16. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Excellently blended bourbon for a stupidly cheap price! Thanks, BT. Bottled in 15.01.2019, 700 ml, 40%, sell in Ukraine.
    L192 78010000
    • Nose
      87 87
      Vanilla, caramel, nutty, light varnish, brown sugar, light sour apple or cherry
    • Taste
      88 88
      A burst of fruits - sweet apples and cherry covered in brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, and pleasant soft charred oak
    • Finish
      87 87
      Short-medium, sweet, caramel, vanilla, soft charred oak. No way - a hint of coconut (could be because of previously drunk dry stout)

  17. LoverCop1989 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Here you get something for your money! For less than 20 euros a great whiskey for in between. Also spicier than some other bourbon. Simply a classic that should not be missing in any collection. Overall very harmonious and mild, despite the disproportionate amount of rye.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Very sweet, caramel, vanilla, relatively spicy on the nose, some freshly sliced bread, slight alcohol note, somewhat fruity (cherry, peach), herbs
    • Taste
      82 82
      very sweet and mild at the beginning, then a strong spiciness paired with caramel, vanilla and a light fruitiness of peach, freshness from herbs, oak, slightly nutty,
    • Finish
      79 79
      short-medium length, very mild, sweet, slightly spicy, oak, malty, caramel, light vanilla, nutty

  18. aw-home scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      Vanilla with oak aromas, woodruff, coconut and citrus fruits.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Oak flavors with vanilla, woodruff, coconut and citrus fruits.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Long with oak aromas, vanilla, woodruff and citrus fruits.

  19. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 58 points Expert Senior

    This whiskey has annoyed me.

    The more time I spend with this, the cleaner my mouth feels... and tastes.
    • Nose
      70 70
      Banana, wet oak, blackberry, Demerara sugar, pear, apple. Very young and a bit soapy, but it has things happening.
    • Taste
      53 53
      Cheapest casks they could find. Astringent. Some vanilla and sweetness. Lots of soap.
    • Finish
      51 51
      Vodka aged for a few months. Initially bitter. Vanilla, liquorice in the background. Lots of soap. Now I wonder if there was soap in my glass... nope, “treated” myself to more in a glass I knew was safe, the whiskey is the soapy one.

  20. MarcinCh scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Sweet, volatile and relatively full. Caramel dominates, then vanilla. There are some varnishes. Corn. Then a little honey comes out. Minimal spiceiness with a deep breath.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Sweet, caramel, but a little less sweet than on the nose. A little more spice appears. Light oak. Corn. There are traces of varnish. The taste becomes drier over time.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Sweetness, caramel, warms you up a bit. Then caramel again, light spice on the tongue. Quite a short finish.

  21. KyleRamsay scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    First impressions: Good beginners whiskey, something to look out for if you're wanting sweet and smooth but straightforward.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Quite closed in the beginning but after a little time in the glass it opens up a little revealing some sweet vanilla notes followed by some wood.
    • Taste
      82 82
      A bit thin feels watered down and could use with more ABV (I'd like to try the 45% version).

      Again, very smooth whiskey, very pleasant in the mouth with an only marginal alcoholic bite.

      Loads of vanilla followed up by oakiness and a hint of spice.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Rather wood-driven finish with a lingering spiciness, as well as a hint of salt.

      Medium finish.

  22. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      vanilla, fresh wood, pineapple, syrup, wet straw, hops
    • Taste
      vanilla, banana, sweet, watery, grits with syrup, marzipan, banquet bar, hazelnuts, tart aftertaste

  23. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Part of a line up with 8 different bourbon’s. From basic level to a little more advanced. This Buffalo won the toss and got to kick off
    • Nose
      A little shy. But with a little hand warmth it opens up and I have to admit that this surprises me. It is rather simple though, but hey, look at it’s price. It gives all kinds of usual suspects such as honey, vanilla, almond, and corn. But also apple juice is quite prominent and that’s quite typical for this dram.
    • Taste
      There is quite a decent amount of rye in this Mash bill. That typical flavor is quite present on the taste as well as salted popcorn.
    • Finish
      Rather long actually. Spices like pepper and vanilla but also rum raisins, rye and nuttiness in like hazelnuts and almonds.

  24. Sebastian113 scored this whisky 82 points Newbie

    Just so drinkable. Fruity, oily and relatively well rounded. Slight alcohol/solvent in the nose at least for me.
    Still at this price point very much a good find.

  25. Gweddry scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    if only the 45 ABV version was available outside the US :(
    • Nose
      cherries, vanilla, sugar, rum, mint, caramel, sweetened fruit, grapefruit, marzipan, cinnamon
    • Taste
      vanilla pudding, rye, candied fruit, red overripe apple, grapefruit
    • Finish
      black cherry, raisins, cranberries, rum, vanilla

  26. Apprentice6004 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    This is one of my low-cost bourbons from one of the most beautiful and professional distillery's. This is the version widely available in Europe (40%), the american version with 90º proof is even better.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Oak, walnut, hazelnut, orange, clove, nutmeg. A clean and pleasant nose.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Powerful, complex and balanced with an easily recognisable unique character.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Medium long, spicy, salty.

  27. Svjatogor scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    n: pleasant, sweet and saur fruit, apples, corn
    t: light, fruity, corn, not very sweet (good for me)
    a: nuts, corn, herbal
    extremly good in cocktails

  28. Teomarg scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  29. DannyDram scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Marshmallows, red berries, rose, liquorice, malt, vanilla. Simple and without depth. Balance and intensity okay, but a bit clumsy and bulky.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  30. Flo_Be scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    I use it for long drinks.
    The rating though is for drinking it neat.
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      70 70

  31. dram-drinker scored this whisky 79 points Photo Moderator

    Not necessarily my favorite
    • Nose
      82 82
      Vanilla, cinnamon, hints of charred oak, little medicinal, bubble gum
    • Taste
      80 80
      Punchy, little sweetness, more charred oak, cinnamon, menthol, more bubble gum
    • Finish
      76 76
      : Medium long, warm, more minty, cinnamon

  32. Helgo scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Great intensive entry bourbon, very good PLV. Not completely round, a few rough edges, medium-long finish.

  33. mydramofwhiskey scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Good bourbon. On the nose, there's a lot of acetone and some caramel. Palate is sweet, like a freshly baked muffin. Light mouthfeel. Short finish.

  34. claymore84 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 07-29-2020

  35. dave scored this whisky 50 points Member Junior

    I won't be buying it again. The best thing I can say is anything I drink after having a couple of glasses of this tastes wonderful

  36. Auriverdes scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      75 75

  37. mandragoru scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  38. campsj scored this whisky 75 points Member Junior

    oaky and sweet. nice whiskey but not very complex. works well in cocktails

  39. erwinnlim scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    You get what you pay for. Value (£18) : 9/10
    • Nose
      Again like most bourbons around this price point, the nose is quite classic. Slightly boozy and very sweet. Caramels and vanillas upfront.
    • Taste
      Sweet on the palate, more fruity than the initial nose.
    • Finish
      Short sweet finish

  40. AleMuse25 scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      72 72
      Slightly alcoholic, sweet and vanilla
    • Taste
      80 80
      Nice taste: vanilla and honey.
    • Finish
      65 65
      The finish pulls slightly but is pleasant

  41. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 81 points Super Administrator

    Buffalo Trace is for bourbon what Glenfiddich 12 is for Scotch: it's reliable, widely available and does the job. On the nose, you get the usual suspects - vanilla, honey and some toffee. It's quite floral and sweet with hints of apple juice and wood glue. The taste is spicier and more peppery with vanilla cream, treacle and slightly bitter oak. Shall we say 'smooth and mellow'? Distant notes of almonds, mint and refined sugar remain in the aftertaste. This benchmark bourbon will certainly not blow your socks off, but it's both enjoyable and great value for money.

    RATING: 3.2/5.0 stars ≙ 81 pts → AVERAGE [+]
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  42. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 81 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  43. Cubey666 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at the L&B whiskey weekend 20-1-2018.
    Nope, I do enjoy bourbon, but this one does not cut it for me.
    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      74 74

  44. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A beautiful spicy everyday bourbon. The oak is present, no gluey note, slightly fruity and despite the 40% not a bit thin. Maybe one of the best in the price range.

  45. whiskyd scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      66 66
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      68 68

  46. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    enjoy proper bourbon to the pur or even mix.
    Price fits.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, green apple, caramel, cherry
    • Taste
      Vanilla, cherry, some apple
    • Finish
      short-medium, oak seasoning, a hint of pepper

  47. Rien scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      72 72

  48. Dre73 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  49. Dre73 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Not very complex, quite pleasant, and certainly a good price / quality ratio
    • Nose
      light, sweet. Vanilla, corn, chocolate, citrus, oranges.
    • Taste
      Slightly tingling, sweet, soft, somewhat flat. Spicy, vanilla, corn, orange.
    • Finish
      Light peppers, sweet, vanilla, wood, not very long, chocolate.

  50. Hvdree scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  51. holborndrinker scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Sweet. Sugar rush - more of a dessert than anything.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      76 76

  52. rpvdwel scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  53. Titan2015 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      80 80

  54. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  55. markjedi1 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Hmmm, this 2015 release is the least interesting batch I have tried so far.
    • Nose
      The nose is very light and sweet. I get loads of corn and vanilla, a twig of mint and something that reveals rye in the guise of a mild spiciness. The whole is quite light, though. After a few moments it turns a bit dark and sweet with a raisin and some dried apricot. A candied orange peel as well.
    • Taste
      On the palate, it is also a lightweight. A touch oily, but not as syrupy as it used to be in previous batches. That is a pity. But taste-wise, it’s okay, even though I get some parma violets and wine gums next to the typical bourbon traits. Again a raisin.
    • Finish
      The finish is very short on an almost candy-like sweetness.

  56. Patrick93 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  57. Fight65 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      78 78

  58. Andytka3 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    N- Good old wood scents with crushed leaf. Dried fruits, cocoa and vanilla.

    P- Milky, cream corn, inviting sweet and smooth texture. Rounded, but passive.

    F- Medium, effortlessly flow with dry wood and cinnamon.

    — at The Whiskey Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  59. Dramany scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Wax, nut, vanilla and in the taste additional leather and oak

  60. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    I don't drink much bourbon so it's difficult to say whether this is a standard bourbon or not; to me it seems it is. But that spinach at the end: yuk! Tasted 05/05/2016 in a bourbon line-up.  
    • Nose
      Sweet vanilla, cherries (the mon chéri bonbon filling kind of cherries), citrus tones (oranges, hinting towards grapefruit bitterness). 
    • Taste
      Sweet vanilla, bit oily - but it lacks the ABV to do it justice. Hints of citrus, and cherries again on the tip of the tongue. Cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Relatively short, with a cinnamon kick, and wood - which makes it a drying finish. At the very end something metallic (spinach-like) at the back of the mouth. 

  61. HammerHead scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      76 76

  62. Peter87 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  63. Fable scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      72 72

  64. Wolv scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  65. Defeatless scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet caramel, cornsirup, vanillafudge. Not much of all and a little on-dimensional but a good introduction of bourbon whiskey. There is some five spices in the background.

    Initial taste: Classic bourbon, vanilla, toffee, corn and more vanilla. It actually tastes quite simulate as it smells. Hint of citrus.

    Body: rounded but light.

    Finish: medium. vanilla and some spices are showing up. and some orange citrus is showing up. a little dry.

    Price: very good for this quality.

    Presentation: Decent.

    Comments: I would recommend this one as a very nice introduction to bourbon whiskey.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  66. markjedi1 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    This light version of
    Buffalo Trace is an easy drinking bourbon, but lacks some weight. The 45% ABV
    version is a lot more rounded. Thanks, Pat!
    • Nose
      The nose of this
      bottling at a milder ABV is a bit fresher with more mint and citrussy notes and
      sweet corn. The vanilla is more like toffee here. It is a lot lighter.
    • Taste
      It is oily and sweet
      on brown sugar, toffee apples and vanilla custard, roasted coffee beans and a
      hint of raisins. More spices than expected. Cinnamon and cloves. Soft pepper.
      But it is very quaffable.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium
      long on spices and toffee.

  67. Dramlicious scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The flagship of the Buffalo Trace Distillery. The name is a reference to what the distillery claims was once an ancient buffalo crossing over the Kentucky River on whose banks the distillery is located.

    http://dramlicious.com/american-monday-episode-7/

  68. Earthwormjim scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

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