This is a Buffalo Trace wheated bourbon that is 70% corn, 16% wheat, 14% malted barley. The same mash bill as Maker’s Mark. The founder of Maker’s Mark, Bill Samuels Sr got the mash bill from Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle S. That’s right the man “that” whiskey is named for. In fact, this is the same whiskey as in most of the “Pappy” Van Winkle line, just different barrel management. Nose: Caramel, vanilla, buttered popcorn and a hint of chocolate. It’s not my favorite whiskey fragrance. Taste: On the other hand, the taste is great, sweet, cotton candy, cherries, oak, caramel and vanilla. No real spice to speak of, typical of a wheated bourbon. Easy to sip and enjoy, not terribly complicated, but smooth. Finish: Reasonably long and sweet, a lot of cherry and some milk chocolate. Later there is some honey. Really very nice. This is a very good whiskey that will be enjoyable for those new to whiskey as well as aficionados. I recommend getting one for your home bar, if you can find a bottle. It is not a “poor man’s” Pappy, but it is a well put together whiskey.
53.0 USD per Bottle