A trip to the neighborhood liquor store and the American whiskey section therein can be a confusing experience for the novice. Like many other spirits, bourbon comes in a wide variety of prices, proofs, age statements etc… and one might think that in order to get quality, must lay down some serious coin. Good news! There are quite a few very serviceable bourbons to be had for $25.00 or less.
Case in point is Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This namesake, moderately priced offering from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort KY is a whole lot of bang for the buck. While many bourbons in this price category go for the “smooth”, 80 proof drinking strength thing, BTKSBW comes in at ninety proof with a little bit of a bite. Some distillers go for the overly sweet profile, O.K. on the rocks or with club soda, or heaven forbid in some kind of foo-foo cocktail, but BTKSBW begs to be enjoyed neat. I find this to be a surprisingly complex whiskey for this price category.
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