Category Archives: Buffalo Trace Distillery

Elmer T. Lee – The Bourbon Guide

Elmer T. Lee – A single barrel sour mash Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey.  The man himself was George T. Stagg Distillery’s first Master Distiller and started his career their when Col. Albert B. Blanton was their President.

(90 proof).

$32 for 750ml. Tasting was done on the rocks as our usual way.

Elmer T. Lee – The Bourbon Guide review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral B 2 90
Tripp Neutral B 3 92
Rater Comments
Jason This has been in my liquor cabinet for years.  Obviously not the same bottle!  We like this as it tastes good on the rocks but if you want to dress up a Manhattan or whiskey sour this works really well.  Also a great entry bourbon for any of your neophyte friends.
Tripp Caramel and smooth with an underlying alcohol burn that helps bring the sweetness to the front. A house staple for me that I keep on my shelf at all times.  You can drink this straight or you can mix as the price to quality ratio is great. I highly recommend buying a bottle of ETL.

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Hancock’s President’s Reserve – The Bourbon Guide

Hancock’s President’s Reserve – A single barrel bourbon whiskey out of Frankfort, Kentucky and this label is owned by Buffalo Trace Distillery, which is a Sazerac company, of course.

(88.9 proof).

$59 for 750ml. Tasting was done on the rocks as our usual way.

Hancock’s President’s Reserve – The Bourbon Guide review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral B -2 87
Tripp Neutral C 0 82
Rater Comments
Jason Full bodied with spiciness and tones of wood.   After a few sips my mouth still contained these flavors.  This has a full body.  It starts earthy but slowly calms down leaving the taste of wood behind.
Tripp Creamy and heavy very smooth after the initial burn – starts off hot and peppery and finishes off smooth and sweet. I would say it starts as a -2 and finishes as a +2. Not bad not great.

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Ancient Ancient Age – The Bourbon Guide

Ancient Ancient Age 10 star is one of the many brands from Buffalo Trace Distillery.  This 6 year old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey could be called triple A or AAA but that has other connotations. It is the fancier version of Ancient Age.

(90 proof).

$12.50 for 1L. Tasting was done on the rocks as our usual way.

Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star – The Bourbon Guide review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral C 1 79
Tripp Pleasant D 1 83
Rater Comments
Jason Ok – just ok. This has a twinge of giving you one mean hangover. It also comes with a peppery flavor. Do keep in mind that I drank this pretty cold which makes me think this as a mint jullep could be good.
Tripp Heavy. Sweet taste that quickly turns very spicy. This bourbon is a mouthful and thus not an easy sipper. Not a fantastic drink – but super cheap.

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Weller Special Reserve

W. L. Weller Special Reserve – “The Orginal Wheated Bourbon”

45% (90 proof)

Tasting on the rocks.

$18 VA abc for 750ml

Weller Special Reserve – The Bourbon Guide’s review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral B -1 79
Tripp Pleasant B 0 79
Rater Comments
Jason Nice until 1 second after drinking it.  Then you get a waft of alcohol rushing your nose but as soon as it appeared it is gone.  Then comes the aftertaste – not too bad but not nearly as good as the first flavors you experience.  In all an okay bourbon and one that could be a mixer.
Tripp Its cheap price point is one of positive and its lack of complexity is one of its main negatives. It is thin and flavorless but drinkable. At least it is not too spicy and doesn't have too much of an alcohol burn. Can we all say it together: MIXER!

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Rock Hill Farms

Rock Hill Farms

Single Barrel Bourbon – check out the bottle! It is not weak.  This was given to us as a gift from a Kentucky native.  It is good having friends from Kentucky.

50% (100 proof) Distilled, aged and bottled by Rock Hill Farms located in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky

Tasting was done on the rocks.

Approx. $55 special order from VA ABC stores for a 750ml.

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral (given alcohol content) E +1 80
Tripp Neutral to Unpleasant C with D late burn +2 87
Rater Comments
Jason This is a full-bodied bourbon and is not light on the palette.  The alcohol level for me warrants adding a little splash of water.  Due note that this tasting was only with ice.  It is complex and I had trouble wading through the alcohol – but once you do this you will find many flavors to explore.  Check it out.
Tripp It is 100 proof people!  A very different taste – more fruit and sweetness than wood and earth. Incredibly smooth for a 100 proof bourbon. This bourbon has the coolest of all the bottles; even rivaling Willets. The sweetness and flavors can be enhanced with a splash of water and the overall taste is very palatable. I wonder if I would have liked it as much…without the cool bottle? It might just be the single best gift bourbon of them all.

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Blanton’s

Blanton’s

Each bottle has a distinctive cork with a letter imbedded into the picture of the horse. The idea is to collect all of the letters. This bottle was the letter “L” – We have are not even close to collecting of the corks to spell B L A N T O N S. Honestly, we are big fan’s of cool bottles and gimmicks, but this is just a little too much.

46.5% (93 proof) Bourbon was dumped on 8.15.11 from barrel no 23 stored in warehouse 11 on rick # 2 – giving us bottle #104.

Tasting was done on the rocks.

Approx. $54 at the VA ABC stores for a 750ml.

Blanton’s – The Bourbon Guide’s review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Pleasant D +1 77
Tripp Unpleasant D +1 80
Rater Comments
Jason My first drink of the day – and the first sip was full of burn and pepper between my lips and gums.  Second try gave me confidence that this is a full bourbon and one that will put hair on your chest.  The burn alone brought down my score. Not one I would naturally go for but a great option when hosting guests.
Tripp Fire burn start – sweet finish.  Not very spicy but definitely not very sweet.  Vanilla and close finish and it is not a great after taste. It is a very cool bottle with a collectors cork – thus a great gift bourbon.  Not one I will buy again for myself.

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Buffalo Trace – The Bourbon Guide

Buffalo Trace

Our first review of a bourbon will be Buffalo Trace Kentucky bourbon. This is a great bourbon to start with. It is very reasonably priced, easy to find and has a very mild taste that many people enjoy. We consider this a bourbon to rate other bourbons against.

Tasting was done straight up.

$24 at the VA ABC stores for a 750ml (90 proof).

Buffalo Trace – The Bourbon Guide review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason  Unpleasant C +2 Sweet side 82
Tripp Unpleasant C: definite burn +3 sweeter side 84
Rater Comments
Jason A solid everyday drinking bourbon. A good value for the money, but not an elite drink.
Tripp Great value for the money. A bourbon you must always keep in your cabinet for everyday drinking and sharing with friends. This drink starts smooth and sweet, but finishes very rough and shallow compared to more expensive bourbons. The end is far worse than the start. Still a nice drink………….. ADDENDUM: After trying so many more bourbons, I would keep my review and ratings the same, but say this is not a MUST HAVE drink. I would order this over Makers or Woodford, but not over Evan WIlliams 1783 or many of the elite bourbons. A

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