Stats – 45% alcohol, single barrel, sour mash, “rye recipe” Kentucky straight bourbon, Frankfort, KY
Price – $35
Color – Maple amber
Nose – Oak, cinnamon, rye, and brown sugar
Palate – Named for Buffalo Trace’s “Master Distiller Emeritus,” and word has it that the boys over at Buffalo Trace held a Conclave to appoint his replacement after he retired in 1985. Dry spicy and oaky. This one is spicy all the way through and is very rye-like, living up to the “rye recipe” moniker. Some stone fruit (black cherries and peaches) closer to the finish. A definite dry/oak tannins from the barrel char that lends a bitter touch. Also some bright citrus. It’s dry and not overly sweet, but still has a typical fruitiness of bourbon, making this one perfect for anyone looking for a middle ground between bourbon and rye.
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