Buffalo Trace (45%)

Delicate, Juicy, Oak, Vanilla
In our previous report, we already delved into Buffalo Trace's entry-level offering in their portfolio. Without age statement and still extremely popular in the USA, little has changed in the characteristics mentioned since then. However, this time we have the "90 Proof" (45% alcohol by volume) version of Kentucky Straight Bourbon in front of us, which is always bottled at this strength in its country of origin.
Buffalo Trace (45%)
Buffalo Trace (45%) (@whiskyedition)
Kentucky Straight Bourbon | No Age Statement | 45,00 % ABV. | 26,50 €/l | Buffalo Trace Distillery | produced in USA (Kentucky) | Whiskybase ID 31195


Here, we encounter familiar aromas: fundamental bourbon notes of intense, buttery caramel and beautiful vanilla. In addition, there are nuances of toasted oak. The slight solvent component that was noticeable in the 40% ABV version takes a back seat here. Instead, spice notes, and especially mint, are more prominent.


The difference between 40% and 45% alcohol content is truly noticeable on the palate. The bourbon remains pleasantly smooth, and sweet flavors come through much more strongly, accompanied by a truly lovely oak note.


The expected trend continues in the finish as well. There is a presence of wood, candied popcorn, and a hint of rye and mint.


Yes, the core message remains the same: Buffalo Trace Bourbon won't knock you off your feet. Nevertheless, we can safely set aside our dissatisfaction with the somewhat thin taste of the 80 Proof version. Here, you really encounter the sweet spot of a classic, intense bourbon at an excellent price. A cornerstone of bourbon culture.

Rating: 78/100 - Very Good (Marcel: 77 | Sascha: 78)

Value for Money: 5/5 - Very Good

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