Buffalo Trace Comes to California
Good news for California Bourbon lovers. Buffalo Trace, an excellent Kentucky bourbon, is now for sale at Hi-Times Wine Cellar in Costa Mesa. This is the first time I've seen it anywhere in the state.
I did a comparison of three of the distillery's bourbons, and here is how I described the Buffalo Trace regular bottling that is now available here:
Buffalo Trace. The BT standard bottling is probably my favorite of the three. The good news is it goes for only $25. The bad news is I have never seen it in California, and I had to have a friend bring it in from Tennessee via a meet-up in Florida, allowing him to fully realize any prohibition era rum-runner (bourbon-runner?) fantasies he may have had. BT has a powerful rye flavor. While corn has to make up 51% of bourbon (and in good bourbons, is usually much more), the additional 49% is up for grabs and it's clear that this bottling fills it in with no small amount of rye. Unlike corn, rye has a strong, spicy taste; it will make you think of a spice cabinet - nutmeg, allspice, maybe even cinnamon or pepper. I'm a fan of rye, and I think this bourbon has a great corn/rye balance, making it less sweet and more interesting than other bourbons.
Buffalo Trace Distillery now produces The Van Winkle line-up of bourbons [wheated-more wheat than rye], W.L. Weller and Blantons. Also Sazerac Rye, Elmer T. Lee, George T. Stagg and Eagle Rare.
One of the world's great whiskies. (Buffalo Trace
-Jim Murray, Whisky Magazine