Benchmark No. 8 Bourbon
McAfee's Benchmark // Kentucky, USA
Buffalo Trace is on the registry of National Historic Landmarks, and its long legacy involves a variety of inventive, iconic characters. Many of the whiskeys made at Buffalo Trace are a tribute to their innovative employees, from Col. Blanton to Col. E.H. Taylor to the late Elmer T. Lee, longtime master distiller. Then there are the McAfee brothers, who are known for surveying a site north of Frankfort.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak containers.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"This bourbon may not be the prettiest belle at the ball, but it’s a committed member of the Buffalo Trace Distillery’s bourbon family and it gets the job done. You can discern some faint flint-like mineral notes behind the peppery spiciness, but other than that, there are no bells or whistles, which is to say: very little complexity. But that might be all that you require when you’re making a simple, easy-drinking cocktail. It delivers floral and honey sweetness on the palate and wraps up with a swift grainy kick. All in a day’s work. "