Sunday, March 28, 2010

Buffalo Trace Bourbon

The nose on this Buffalo Trace Single Barrel (#170) shows salvos of vanilla, cut timber, rugelach and apples baked with honey, cinnamon and granola; it is very deep, interlaced and tantalizing. The flavors are broad, rich, evocative and spicy-- replete with a myriad of subtleties – caramel glazed brown bread sweetened with molassess and baked with raisins, plumcots, peaches, apple and a complex array of baking spice thrown in . . . delectable. The finish is where the wood nuances are revealed; Corn and rye show themselves (in the intricate fade) to be responsible for these large and
fantastic flavors of grain, spice, vanilla and caramelized fruit. This Barrel was picked by, and for Hi-Time Wine Cellars, but this Bourbon consistently delivers whether it be a single barrel offering or the normal offering, it has not disappointed me ever! Have this whiskey neat, with ice, or in a cocktail--like:
Cheerio Cocktail

1 1/2 oz bourbon
3/4 oz orange curacao
1/4 oz maraschino liqueur

Stir in mixing glass with ice & strain
Serve in a cocktail glass (garnish with a brandied cherry)

Hey i just noticed a cool contest at Buffalo Trace Saloon (oh yeah contests!):

Buffalo Trace Derby Big Shot Weekend - Chance to win an all expense paid trip to the Kentucky Derby and the Buffalo Trace Saloon! Registration for this actually ends April 1st 2010!