Proof: 90 / ABV: 45.0%
Age: Non-Age Stated, rumored at 6 years
Distillery: Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, Kentucky, USA
Mashbill: Undisclosed but thought to be 10-15% rye (Mash Bill #2)
Retail Pricing: $15-25
Packaging Notes: gold labeling that is identical to the former 10-year old version and a bit deceptive considering the only change was the wording around 10 from “full ten years old” to “star”.
(Ancient Age marketing notes) “Since 1946 this bourbon has been held in high regard. 80 proof and distilled from corn, rye and barley malt, it’s smooth and simple, yet robust in its own way. There is much to love about this bourbon that has withstood the test of time.” — Buffalo Trace
(Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star marketing notes) “The classic flavor should be savored by all bourbon enthusiasts. Marked by its sweetness and heavy rye flavor, it’s an easy bourbon to sip.” — Buffalo Trace
Sensibles: The nose is probably the only good thing about this one. Butterscotch, vanilla, and honey combine with slight whiffs of barrel char for a nose that stands out from other mash bill #2 offerings. The taste reveals a youthful corn sweetness marked by astringent oak and muted vanilla and chocolate notes. The finish is chocolatey, smooth, and quick, leaving a slight bitterness on the tongue and little warming in the chest.
Value: I will say that this one could easily be someone’s daily sipper. It’s another no-frills bourbon at an affordable price. The taste is pretty disappointing, but perhaps I’m being too harsh…I would much rather see this release (although I think it is discontinued now) bottled at 100 proof to give it more flavor and fullness. Bummer. You could probably get much more flavorful bottled-in-bonds at this price, so going to give this one a low value score. I’d pass if you find it still on shelves.
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