Buffalo Trace

Image

Grade: B-

Type: American, Bourbon, Kentucky

Age: N/A

ABV: 45.00%

Price: $24

Availability: Wide

The nose has a lot of oak and honey with some brown sugar. The palate has a typical American bourbon big caramel taste (I like this taste) more wood, really nice balance here, there is a touch of citrus thats lingers into the finish. The finish reminds me of pancakes and marmalade. For the cost this is a splendid purchase. Not overly complex but enjoyable.

Advertisements

Stagg Jr.

Image

Grade: B-

Type: American, Bourbon, Kentucky

Age: 8-9 Yrs

ABV: 67.20%

Price: $50

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

Buffalo Trace has said that this will be a regular expression. However, so far it has been a bit hard to find for customers. The nose on this is wood, spice and lots of oak. The palate is rye, oak, nice candied caramel taste here. The finish is hot, plastic, finger nail polish remover. I think this expression by Stagg is worth trying and owning but it does fall a bit short if you have expectations based on the original Stagg expressions. B-/B

Sazerac 18

Image

Grade: B+

Type: American, Rye, Kentucky

Age: 18 yrs

ABV: 45.00%

Price: $90

Availability: Rare

Bottled in the fall of 2012. The nose on this has some seriously complex spice, peppers, and rye. The palate has some spicy pepper, wood, and is quite sweet. The finish is smooth but does have a little of the┬ápleasant type of heat, slightly dry and mildly bitter. Very good stuff…

Sazerac Rye

Image

Grade: B-

Type: American, Rye, Kentucky

Age: 6 Yrs

ABV: 45.00%

Price: $35

Availability: Wide

The nose has some anise and rye spice. The palate is dill and brine, typical rye spice. This one finishes a bit light for complexity and has some paint thinner taste that lingers. Overall, it’s a good solid rye. The price is starting to get a bit high which makes me compare it to some better rye that does exist in this price range. It’s worth trying if you have not had it.