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Ancient buffalo carved paths through the wilderness that led American pioneers and explorers to new frontiers. One such trail led to the banks of the Kentucky River where Buffalo Trace Distillery has been making bourbon whiskey the same way for more than 200 years. In tribute to the mighty buffalo and the rugged, independent spirit of the pioneers who followed them, we created our signature Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.


This deep amber whiskey has a complex aroma of vanilla, mint and molasses. Pleasantly sweet to the taste with notes of brown sugar and spice that give way to oak, toffee, dark fruit and anise. This whiskey finishes long and smooth with serious depth.

Buffalo Trace is a really classy bourbon from the eponymous distillery that has been responsible for some truly outstanding products in recent years. A must-stock for any bar worthy of the name and probably the best all-rounder at the price

uffalo Trace is a bourbon with a minimum of eight years of barrel age. This flagship bottling is marked by flavors of butterscotch, toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cracked pepper, with a silky caramel note that wraps itself around all that zing and punch on the finish.


Classification: Kentucky straight bourbon

Company: Sazerac Company

Distillery: Buffalo Trace

Cask type: first-use American white oak

Still type: column

Released: 1999

Proof: 90

Aged: 9 years minimum

Mash bill: corn, rye, malted barley

MSRP: $25

Awards won: Silver, 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition; Gold, World Whiskies Awards; Silver, 2019 New York World Spirits Competition; Gold, 2019 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition; Gold, 2019 American Whiskey Masters, and more


  • Great bang for the buck
  • Aged for a minimum of eight years, a long time for an entry-level bourbon


  • Bourbon connoisseurs may opt for a more “advanced” bottling, possibly another from Buffalo Trace’s line.
  • The final notes of spice and barrel char may be a bit too biting for those new to bourbon.

Tasting Notes 

Color: Rich mahogany-hued golden brown, as bourbon should look after a minimum of eight years in a barrel

Nose: Rye strongly comes through and gives clear notes of vanilla bean, burned cinnamon, and allspice.

Palate: The rich butterscotch and toffee notes quickly morph into spice on the tongue, with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cracked pepper, likely from the presence of rye.

Finish: While spice and char dominate, a silky caramel note is present.