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September 16, 2020 (edited April 9, 2021)
1.5 out of 5 stars
Didn't expect to see this exact bottle here but, here it is. So 50 bucks, should you buy this? For the money? HELL no. OK now that we have that covered.
Nose - OAK and more oak. There's and underlying sweet vanilla and caramel buffalo trace note. This is a french oak bomb and I'm pretty much in love with that, but it's followed by boring ass buffalo trace. It's like a 100 dollar bottle oak with 20 dollar buffalo trace.
Taste - So I get oak and apples then some vanilla and spice. The finish on that oak is nice and it's long and lingering. Oak man so much oak and it's clean and crisp and actually good. So sweet up front with all that buffalo trace sweet malt. The finish, it's long for a buffalo trace but not a good whisky. It's medium for good whisky so better than most of their line.
The end result is that this is a weirdly oak forward bottle, proofed down way too low, and kinda tastes mostly like standard buffalo trace.
It's an interesting bottle, but the regular buffalo trace with this low a proof doesn't make any sense with a heavy rich french oak or really 90% of what they're doing with this series.
pass on ALL these bottles. They're a money grab and an embarrassing one.
1.5, the oak here is good oak but it over powers the light buffalo trace to the point that two good things become a bad one. You need more richness in the bourbon to offset the bold french oak. But hey buffalo trace...they're like that 10 out of 10 girl who never had to learn how to be smart. I doubt anyone is critical enough over these failures.