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Buffalo Trace

(70cl, 40%)

Buffalo Trace

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Buffalo Trace Bottling Note

Buffalo Trace is the flagship bourbon for the eponymous distillery made from corn, rye and malted barley. It’s aged in new oak barrels in historic old warehouses. The award-winning bourbon is batched from no more than 40 barrels at a time, and is aged on the middle floors of the distillery warehouses where the temperature fluctuation is the greatest. A top whiskey, with oodles of vanilla, barrel char and spicy complexity.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Spicy and sweet with caramel, creamy toffee eclairs, hints of cinnamon, rum spice and cereal sweetness.

Palate: Brown sugar, toffee apple, sweet oak, custard, oily espresso beans, a touch of chocolate-covered raisins and toasty wood.

Finish: Good length with sweet spices, cinnamon gum and toffee.

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Buffalo Trace Reviews

Sweet and nice

Nice sweetness, lots brown sugar, apple and spices.

A really good smooth bourbon for an extremely good price.

29th November 2020


Been drinking wild turkey 101 recently thought ill go back to the buffalo as it never disappoints... well it didnt, its such an easy drinker and its cheap considering how good it is

26th November 2020

Great for Beginners, solid easy and tasty.

Starting out my Whisk(e)y journey and this is my first "serious" burbon, really enjoying it. Im more used to Scotch and very peaty whiskeys and this is super smooth in comparison. Very tasty and full of flavour.

Smells like Cherrys and Toffee. Strong Caramel taste with a hint of Berries. Super easy to drink I could happily drink this all night compared to a more peaty Scotch where one or two is the sweet spot for me personally. I managed to pick this up for £18 and I cant believe the value - highly recommend

26th November 2020

My go-to bourbon

There's nothing special about this bourbon except that its a classic example of what a Kentucky straight bourbon should be. You won't be blown away by this one but you will certainly not be disappointed either!

23rd November 2020


Cheap for a reason.

11th November 2020

Good quality bourbon

Bargain. full of flavour a must try.

7th November 2020

Great for the price.

Excellent. One of the best I have had.

14th October 2020


Imagine your drinking a £30-£40 solid tasty bourbon
You have a cool bottle and label
You have the cork not a screw cap
Great story and great distillery
And then you pay £24 for it
Don’t be confused like me, just buy it

3rd October 2020

Best in taste and price

Very smooth with no bite at the end. My go to bourbon of choice.

3rd October 2020

Not what I had hoped for

I'm appalled. I'd actually rather drink Jim Beam. I am soooooooooooooo very disappointed.

15th September 2020

Very drinkable,well balanced smoth texture.

My all time favourite bourbon, with a fair prize.

6th September 2020

easy to drink and delicious

Absolutely delicious

5th September 2020


A decent alternative to JB or JD’s basic offerings. Nothing to write home about but smooth and rounded.

21st August 2020

Solid and accessible

I was a bit let down because I built up this bourbon in my head from what I had heard. It has a good range of flavors but nothing extraordinary and it doesn't last too long on the palate. Definitely worth it as it is very accessible, I guess I was just expecting a bit too much for its price point.

14th August 2020

Soft and pleasant

For the price impossible to do better

20th June 2020

Smooth, sweet and worth every penny.

My go to whiskey, so good it turned a hardcore Irish fan into a bourbon lover.

27th May 2020

Cinnamon and spice.

Cinnamon and spice notes along with nice oak. Easy drinking sipper. This also works great in cocktails.

27th May 2020

Pretty good

Worth tasting.

24th May 2020


Buffalo trace was my entry burbon whiskey , found good to sip sitting at evening near fire .

14th May 2020

Profit before quality.

Bought a bottle after enjoying a tipple on a recent trip to the States (ah, holidays, when will we see you again?).

Something wasn’t right.

Further investigation shows its bottled at 45% ABV in the States but we get a 40% ABV version in the UK. Makers did this in 2013 and were pilloried, why have Buffalo Trace been allowed to get away with this? It’s can only be to make more money because the flavour is near absent. Shame. Won’t be buying again.

This is bourbon for getting drunk, not for drinking.

5th May 2020

Shagadelic Baby

Yeah baby yeah. Notes of loffing it

11th April 2020

Bought when on offer but would pay full price all day long, single malt fan but once in a while (or more !!!) This is my go to.

Stick of seaside rock sweetness, demerara sugar in hot filtered coffee, curious damp chalk on the palate, an absolutely superb bourbon, top shelf.

15th March 2020

Good solid bourbon, better than Jack.

Went to get some bourbon found this on offer £17 a bottle. Wow, better than more expensive bourbon's Drink neat, no need to add any coloured carbonated sugar water.

6th March 2020

Good Value & A Change

I don't often dip into bourbons, but thought i'd give this a go after picking up a bottle on offer at my local supermarket for £20, and have to say it's far better than i thought it would be. It's no world beater, but it's not harsh, has a easily drinkable quality with a decent nose, and makes a nice occasional change - at this price it's great value, so hard to be too critical

21st February 2020

Makers is better

I have always wanted to try buffalo trace ... I purchased a bottle with high expectations ... I was was my let down ... it just wasn't for my palate ... I have always drank makers and will continue to do so ... not saying it is bad it's just not my taste ...

29th December 2019

Will continue to buy when I find it but not very accessible.

At first try I thought it tasted outstanding. Then after, it’s been hit or miss. Some days it taste sweeter and smoother than other days I have it. It’s the same bottle. So all I can think is that something I ate that day is making the bourbon taste different. I’m sure it’s that but haven’t quite put my finger on it. Had it last night and it was great. I don’t notice this fluctuation with other bourbons.

10th October 2019

Fun but no jewel

Buffalo Trace is interesting and while it is similar to Eagle Rare (both from the same distillery, probably same mashbill?) with the berry notes and cocolatey flavour, it actually offers a larger spectrum.
But you can tell it's younger, corn dust immediately goes in your face and overpowers any depth it could have. If you want to have some fun then sure, but if you just want something to enjoy and relax with I'd go the extra mile and get some Eagle Rare.
Still, for that price it's one of the strongest pick if not the.

10th October 2019

Very nice bourbon

This is a great bourbon for the price full of flavour it's a must try

15th September 2019

A very surprisingly enjoyable and solid bourbon at a bargain price point.

This is a regular go-to end of the day bourbon for me along with Four Roses, or a decent Irish whiskey. I’ll break out something unique on special occasions or for someone with a certain palate. This bourbon does not disappoint neat, on a few cubes or in a perfect Manhattan.

22nd August 2019

Great bourbon for the price

I am typically a scotch drinker, but I occasionally feel like a bourbon and this ticks every box and is just a classic bourbon. Vanilla, cherry, wood spice and all the usual flavours are in abundance. Stands up to well to ice on a scorching Australian summer day!

My rating includes value for money it would have 5 stars if it was slightly cheaper

10th August 2019

Sweet sweet beauty

This is sweet and slow, a real southern beauty. Very easy sipping; tasty, brown sugar, oak and spice. And the best nose this side of the Mississippi. Gorgeous.

3rd August 2019

Very nice bourbon.

Completely surprised by the depth of flavour of this terrific bourbon. Very moorish. Definitely spicy and rummy, but think Red Cola (UK only). Brown sugar and hint of cherry somewhere in the very back. I'm sure I can taste that old dunnage in there too. I'd suggest over ice for the full variety of flavours.

21st July 2019

Buyer Beware

The Buffalo Trace of a few years ago, the cinnamon/clove/honey/vanilla yum yum we all came to know and love is gone. Poof. In its place is this new Buffalo Trace: Kerosene Jet Fuel Singed Eyebrows. My guess? They are putting anything out there to get sales. Sorry but this is not an attractive product. My tongue is numb. I can taste blast-furnace grain alcohol. The glory days have passed, ditto for many others including Elijah Craig.

4th July 2019


Hands down best bourbon at its price point it’s punching above more expensive bourbons! Only down side is that it is hard to find in New Zealand.

23rd May 2019

Fantastic bourbon!

My benchmark bourbon. This is fabulous stuff and given its price point, truly superb value. Shows that price tag is not synonymous with quality and puts many more expensive whiskies to shame. Appreciate all palates are different and everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but with this one I really am struggling to believe the one star reviewers are actually drinking the same whiskey!

Beautiful sweet and spicy nose. There’s cloves and cinnamon, pears, orange peel, caramel, vanilla toffee and creamy espresso, like a macchiato. Some cherry cola notes run throughout.

Lovely creamy mouthfeel, the pear, cherry cola and dark caramel deliver on the initial palate, with the spices, cinnamon and cloves, developing in the mid. Finally the espresso comes through, but rather than creamy as on the nose it’s drier, astringent roasted beans (Char influence?).

Some spices on the swallow becoming drier, vanilla and cinder toffee. For me this hits the spot on all fronts!

21st May 2019

Not worth it at half the price.

Bites like a junk yard dog!

15th April 2019

Not Good

Not a fan. Very off putting after taste and not much upfront either. Don't understand the accolades. McKenna,Old GD BIB and Larceny- hell, even Bullet are better in this price range.

5th April 2019

The best

3 years after trying for the first time and this is still the best.

22nd March 2019

The best

3 years after trying for the first time and this is still the best.

21st March 2019

I quit trying to find a better bourbon

Out of all the Kentucky Bourbons I've had the pleasure of drinking, and I live in Kentucky, Buffalo Trace is the best.

21st March 2019

Great bourbon good replacement to blantons if not available

I’ve done side by side test of buffalo trace and Blantons and and honestly only feel a slight bit of a pleasant kick at the end of Blantons and other stronger aromas compared to its buffalo trace Cousin but other than that buffalo trace is the closest you are getting to Blanton without it being Blanton .same distillery’s at least but a upgrade in flavors with blantons

20th February 2019

Buffalo Trace is comfortable.

I have actually chosen a bottle with a really cool cork. The satisfying “pop” sound a cork makes is part of the bourbon drinking experience, the “cooler” the cork yatta, yatta. Buffalo Trace, screw cap and all, is as comfortable as my old dirty bucks. Really.

12th February 2019

A great bargain

Usually go for Bulleit or Makers. Saw Trace on sale for $20 at my local market, and had an inkling I’d had it out and liked it. What a wonderful surprise. Bold caramel and vanilla, notes of oak and smoke, smooth but solid alcohol underneath. I’m going back for another bottle at this price.

23rd January 2019

Excellent for the price

Very sweet great bourbon

12th December 2018

Best bourbon I've had at any price point

My new favorite bourbon. Better than others I've had at twice the price. You can smell the carmel and toffee notes and maybe even some orange zest. When sipping straight, there is an initial sweetness on the tongue then the flavor opens up to creamy toffee, cinnamon, and hints of oak and leather. A subtle burn occurs but doesn't linger. It's not astringent at all like some other inexpensive whiskeys I've tried. I don't consider myself an expert but I couldn't see anyone not enjoying this bourbon.

21st November 2018

About right for the money

It's good for the money but I'd rather spend a bit more. A bit bland but what do you expect for £25

20th November 2018

Great burbon, great price.

Was a Woodford reserve consumer, switched to Bulleit, had some issues with leaking corks, enough said about Bulleit. I bought a bottle of Buffalo Trace and found my new favourite bourbon, love it!

7th November 2018

Very good!

I'm a single malt lover but I tried this as I used to drink Jim Beam back in the day and I have to say I love it. It takes a little rougher cut than single malt but has lots of flavour and is great over the rocks.

12th September 2018

Lovely smell, tastes of spice and wood

This is a less complex and developed Woodford Reserve. It's got lovely smell that's not quite matched by the taste but still it's very enjoyable if you like spice, wood and vanilla.

27th August 2018

You no longer have a choice. You must buy this. Done deal.

I love it and it saved me money because I pay for taste.

8th August 2018

Hits all the right notes, perfect all-rounder.

I'm a veteran bourbon drinker who started with a Wild Turkey shot in my early 20s, and from there traveled on to JD, Evan Williams and other low- to mid-priced spirits. Later in life, with more wealth and taste, I graduated to higher-end bourbons such as Ambler Old Stout, Booker's, Basil Hayden, etc. I'm constantly trying new bourbons. Pretty much any time my local stocks something I haven't tried, I'm there.

Finally got around to Buffalo Trace, and quite honestly this is now my favorite at almost any price. Sweet vanilla-caramel nose, bold charred oak front-end tipple, smooth yet full-bodied mouth feel, relatively long-lasting finish that reaches the nose in a satisfying way. No off tones at all, which for me is rare among a lot of the newer so-called small-batch bourbons like Hudson Bay, which often has a plastic-y undergone that turns me off immediately. BT has a well-rounded palate that hits all the right notes. It reminds me of a better-made Jack Daniels Old No 7. Not like JD Single Barrel or Gentleman Jack, but the classic flavors risen to their best. If you're a JD fan and are looking for something more refined that doesn't completely abandon that profile, this is it.

30th June 2018

If you find it disappointing you're using it wrong.

"Does exactly what it says on the tin" It tastes how tradionally made bourbon should. Big hit of charred wood, some tell tale signs of a young age and a pepperey finish. Simple done. Perfect for a long drink. After all we're not making cocktails here with a £20 bottle.

20th June 2018

Never boubon over whisky again.

I’m a big scotch whisky fan. Decided to try this and boy am I disappointed. I really don’t like the taste. It’s just not for me. Gross.

15th June 2018

My favourite bourbon mixer

My favourite bourbon to mix with Diet Coke. Less sugary than Jack Daniels and Jim Beam, more toffee like.

21st May 2018

Favourite bourbon mixer

My favourite to mix with Diet Coke. Less sugary than Jack Daniels and Jim Beam, more of a toffee flavour.

21st May 2018

Not For Me

The most bland bourbon I've tried. It's like bourbon that's went flat. There's a tiny little burn at the end, but otherwise a nothing taste.

9th April 2018

Good mixer

Good mixer, but not worth drinking neat.

6th April 2018

Amazing whiskies

Great whisky! Where have you been all my life?
Have been drinking Macallan/Aberlour 12/18 for years.. (30 plus)
Buffalo Trace (and Basil Hayden) provide an great alternative to the Highland Sherry casks at half the price (cnd $s)

6th April 2018

Punches well above its weight


15th March 2018

Very poor whisky.

Honestly, you deserve better than this. I hated this! Seriously buffalo trace?! Spend the extra to buy it’s big brother. Eagle Rare 10. Light years ahead for this monstrosity!

2nd March 2018

My daily drinker

For the price, there's nothing better. I always have a bottle on hand as it's my daily drinker. It's smooth, sweet, oaky, and has some spice to balance it out.

5th February 2018

BT Convert - Don't walk, run & buy a bottle!

I’ve been a loyal JD drinker for many years, branching out every now and then but always winding up back with JD. Picked up a bottle of BT tonight (at Target of all places) and I’m already hooked. Absolutely phenomenal bourbon.

25th January 2018

A good standard bourbon

Nice and smooth, hints of honey, some lime. Spicy notes of nutmeg got my attention. A good standard bourbon.

9th January 2018

Always have an extra bottle on the shelf

Smooth. Well rounded

23rd December 2017

Love it!

Love this neat or as a primary ingredient in an Old Fashioned. Fabulous for the price - have compared against Bullet, Makers Mark and others and only Woodford Reserve comes close, but at a much higher price. Amazon sell it at £18 on a deal which is a steal. Go get some!

30th November 2017

At this price an out and out bargain.

Don’t hesitate just go and buy a bottle. You will be very surprised at the quality at this price range, a great sweet and satisfying tipple.

19th November 2017

new fav bourbon!

If your looking for something, cheap, sweet and spicey, but not too strong, this is the stuff.

13th November 2017

Tasty bourbon

Now, this is were bourbon starts to get interesting! Excellent stuff. Love the toffee note in the nose and the explosion of flavor.

12th November 2017

What have they done?

I don't know what they did recently but they have watered it down to nothing. It was so good. Now like Bourbon and water

4th November 2017

Good but simple

Excellent Price, the nose had a floral vanilla scent that promises greatness. On taste it's sadly a bit simple, some initial cream, vanilla sweetness and a wood taste but that's it. Nice on the front tastebuds, nothing in the middle, and a slight pepper burn at the end. A short aftertaste thereafter. The burn goes away with the slightest addition of water but leaves you ever searching for the flavour the nose so sweetly promises.
Needs to go through another barrel such as Sherry or Cabernet Sauvignon to add the needed complexity.

25th September 2017

Another great bourbon

Smooth. Keep an extra on hand so I never run out.

24th September 2017

What a product!

At first I thought this would be a great American experience. One that would leave a lasting impression of what it is to "live on the wildside" in my considerable head.
Little did I know that the first and only feeling I can truly describe is of an injection needle filled with mineral terps, being emptied inside de top back of my delicate throat. The aftertaste reminded me of just walking into a freshly painted dining room. What a product. I love it.

5th August 2017

My new everyday go to.

Very smooth, and complex.

3rd June 2017

Newbies and Seasoned Sippers will both enjoy this sweet and spicy All-American expression

Solid. I am a big time convert to bourbon whisky, having come from years of drinking scotch and canadian whisky, I would not mind in the slightest if I never went back. Buffalo Trace is full of big flavor and a big cinnamon finish. It turns on the palate like lights at a night-time football game. I believe it is a great value and so delicious that newbies and seasoned drinkers alike will enjoy it.

17th May 2017


Smooth excellent flavor. Always keep one in stock.

1st April 2017

I lived in the states before moving to bradistan Yorkshire England and buffalo is 45 % in the states. Drinking it at 40% is terrible it really affects taste just Tates like water that's why everyone says it's smooth it needs that 5% umth beca

Feel short changed

22nd February 2017

Best all around American Bourbon available today.

Second review of Buffalo Trace. I am a believer. This is, so far, my favorite every day whisky. If I never drank any other whisky for the rest of my life, I would be okay with that. My best description of this spirit is, " the workhorse of American made Bourbons." This is an everyday drinkable Bourbon that never tire's the palette.
Solidly dependable, always satisfying, I drink this on an everyday basis. One or two drams at bedtime and have not ever been disappointed. For the around 25.00 price tag, you cannot beat this as an American classic Bourbon.As stated in my first review, serve this to your closest friends and they will never feel slighted in even the smallest degree.

22nd February 2017

Overall just a solidly satisfying spirit.

I am relatively new to whisky in general. I have avoided whisky in general since my youth, having had some bad experiences whilst hugging the porcelain god of drink. Having recently retired, though, I have found that I have a whole new appreciation for the spirit and I have begun to make world class whisky my new hobby. Having said that up front I must say that I find Bourbon to be my go to for an everyday drink at the end of a long day. Fine Irish single malt and a complex Scotch are reserved( for me at least) for good friends, relatives ,and special occasions. Unless, of course it is an occasional dram of Johnny Walker Red. For some reason I cannot define I just like that one, anytime. All that aside, this is after all supposed to be my opinion of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Let me just say that I would serve this to a guest without reservation, knowing that whilst simple in it's flavors and subtleties, I cannot imagine that anyone would feel slighted that you didn't serve them your Top Shelf.

5th February 2017

Great flavor!

Has the nicest aftertaste of similar bourbons, really enjoying it!

18th January 2017

wtf is this ?????bring more !!!!

Straight bourbon !!!!!!! smoothe like water wtf ?????

18th December 2016


Very smooth on its own good as a mixer

8th December 2016

Buffalo Trace - Excellent!

love the excellent flavor!

29th November 2016

Great Tasting Bourbon

Great value with oodles of delicious caramel flavour. A bit of spice balances this beauty perfectly.

24th November 2016

Great value 'utility' whiskey

I like aged scotch as much as anyone, but in terms of a solid, workmanlike whiskey that you can turn to after a crap day at work, this works well. This is not to say that this is average - it's actually a very good bourbon. You can't get much better in terms of value for money. The closest to this is probably Bulleit, which tends to be slightly more expensive but still a great drink. Even better when one of these two is on offer, because then it's a real bargain!

23rd October 2016

Second exploration of BUFFALO TRACE

Fresh open Bottle. I let it sit in the glass for about 2 hrs. as I showered, did dishes etc. Let it open up.

COLOR: Deep Amber Many Legs running Moderately

NOSE: Very Sweet Caramel? Vanilla with slight hints of Wood Char.

PALETTE: Sweet Corn Arrival with Pleasant Silky Mouth Feel, Some Alcohol Burn; Pepper mixes with the Sweetness; in addition to a Sweet tinted Wood Smoke

FINISH: Some Alcohol Burn going Down but Drying with Notes of Char

This is my Second Exploration of BUFFALO TRACE and there is a Very Pleasant Rich Sweet Note that hits my nose after opening the Bottle and it Continues in the Glass. I call it Sweet Caramel, but it is more then that. It has a candy character. The alcohol Burn is moderately disturbing yet, I Love the Mouth Feel and the complexity that arises as I swirl it around in my mouth. The Wood Smoke is especially pleasing and the Char notes in the Finish are a Very Nice Touch.

5th September 2016

Spicy but rough

Im not a regular bourbon drinker but I do like this, it needs to be watered down or drunk with ice but its got wonderfully complex flavour. It's a bit rough as one expects of American Whiskey but enjoyable all the same.

20th July 2016

Nowhere near as good as the 90 proof

As far as value bourbons go it's a good place to start but lacks the depth and flavour of the 90 proof version.

13th July 2016

Crazy not to drink this!

I usually drink single malted Scotch, and I love Laphroaig with its smoky peat taste, but if you want something that comes on sweet with a nice long spicy finish get this bourbon. For the price there is nothing comparable, it tastes just like the old South, in fact I'm sure old Andrew Jackson would drink this, it is everything Kentucky bourbon is meant to be: sweet, spicy and complex. At this price you won't find a better bourbon, or a better bourbon neat for daily use. Why pay more? Here's what you get- sweet corn syrup and vanilla nose, a sweet oak and corn palate, then a great long spicy finish that is a long drive through the bluegrass state. I gotta tell you, try other bourbons, you'll come back to this one!

12th July 2016

Very nice

Very smooth and was enjoyable

2nd July 2016

Taste has changed

I agree with the last review, the recent production is definitely inferior to prior batches. I hope this gets corrected as I was absolutely hooked until now.

22nd June 2016

Was good until...

I've enjoyed 4 bottles of this stuff over the last 6 months and the last bottle I purchased was a unpleasant surprise. This was my go to hooch with a very good sale price, up until the last batch which is either a mistake with the quality control department or a sign of things to come. I am gonna give this stuff a rest until Ive searched a bit more because this really hurt my feelings and taste buds and throat and stomach!! Seriously this stuff tastes like it has been cut with rubbing alcohol and battery acid compared to the first 4 bottles I had. Also it gives me a nasty hangover now, which the other 4 never did. Hate to give a bad review but I recommended this stuff so much that I have to make amends for this embarrassment that friends might purchase. Hopefully they get it together. Keep bourbon my friends!

9th June 2016

Pound for Pound - The BEST Whiskey I have tasted to date

This not the best Whiskey I have ever tasted but pound for Pound (£20) it is the best value.

At £20 you usually get an average blended Scotch. The best being Famous Grouse. This smashes it out of the park for complex flavours, slightly rough at first, but the after taste has a smooth and sweet flavour. It is pleasing on the nose as well as the tongue and stomach. A GREAT bourbon whisky and well worth £20.

Well done. Years better than similar brands at that price.

1st June 2016

Quality Drink

Quality drink for a reasonable price,great flavours,spicy,honey,fruitcake,very,very nice drink indeed.

24th May 2016

I've found the sweet spot

Balanced, smooth, and affordable. Much prefer to WT 101, as well as more pricey alternatives

23rd May 2016

Whiskey connoisseur

Best whiskey for the price. Layers of unfolding flavors. Better than gentleman jack, bullet bourbon, similar to 4 roses small batch which is more $

23rd May 2016

Total Crap

I agree with Buffalo wiz !!!!!!!!!!!!!

9th May 2016

Buffalo Wiz

My Dad brought a bottle this over the other night for us to try and he has not been invited back since. First sip is usually a little harsh no matter what you are drinking and by the second sip your palette usually adjusts but you can sip this Buffalo wiz all night and it continues to rip your head off. Just terrible the worst we have ever tried wound up pouring it down the drain.

9th May 2016


This is a bourbon with s great personality and smoothness. Great palate

8th April 2016

Good stuff!

I'm pretty surprised how good this bourbon is for the low price tag. Super smooth!

3rd April 2016

Best in class

This is the bourbon workhorse #1 and the lowest grade you should bother drinking. It works wonders in most whiskey cocktails but you may want to consider a more premium bourbon for straight sipping as this one quickly could grow old on your palate.

25th March 2016

Bar Setter

This bourbon sets the bar high. Cheap yet out of its league good!

15th March 2016


Terrific whisky. My first bourbon after fancying trying one instead of adding another scotch to my cabinet. I love the almost Rioja vanilla & oaky nose and the taste is surprisingly not too sweet and the sherried finish is great.

12th March 2016


Terrific whisky. My first bourbon after fancying trying one instead of adding another scotch to my cabinet. I love the almost Rioja vanilla & oaky nose and the taste is surprisingly not too sweet and the sherried finish is great.

12th March 2016


Great Bourbon

28th February 2016

very good

Excellent whiskey at a decent price. Very smooth and great flavour

20th February 2016

Excellent bourbon

I have always drank JD, Buffalo trace blows it out of the water, a fantastic tipple very smooth finish, enjoy.

14th February 2016

Great pour

I think this is a very good bourbon one of my all time favourites as is all the bourbon produced at the Buffalo Trace Distillry

3rd February 2016

Bourbon is my new friend

As a long-term malt whisky drinker from Scotland I used to quite wrongly brush Bourbon to the side as cheap grain. I have tried my first real bourbon tonight (beforehand I had only ever tried Jack Daniel's old No. 7 which isn't bourbon, and it is terrible) and I am truly enjoying it. It smells like vanilla, oak, cream, maybe a bit of chocolate and definitely Cherry Cola. It tastes creamy, very slightly spicy, a bit nippy on the finish (but I am willing to look past that small infraction for the price). It could be described as slightly 'sizzly' on the tongue and it is just a really tasty drink. I would recommend this for a long-term Scotch whisky drinker who wants a new experience. Note: This whisky (and every spirit in my opinion) absolutely must be drank from a Glencairn Glass, it is the glass that allows people to get good tasting notes by funnelling the fumes from the spirit. They are only £4.50 or something on this sight (or £20 for 6 I think), if you are buying a bottle of whisky or whiskey, just bite the bullet and invest in one of these glasses, it improves the flavour and the overall experience by at least ten times.

21st January 2016


I don't know for some reason, this bourbon dehydrates me and makes me thirsty with dry lips. I gave it a good try. But it is not full bodied tasting at all. Totally light in color and just not good. I was disappointed especially since this was recommended to me. Sad to say I will not buy any other Buffalo Trace bourbon.

19th January 2016


I enjoyed this going on my second bottle

19th January 2016

Outstanding bourbon!

Price point versus quality is unbelievable. I would highly recommend for those looking for a great bourbon that doesn't break the bank.

31st December 2015


A lot of people act as if the price range limits how good a bourbon can be; definitely not the case. I've had bourbon of most any price range, and this one is excellent against any of them.

31st December 2015

Great Bourbon

Goes great with ice

28th December 2015

Excellent bourbon

For the money this is truly an excellent bourbon! Soft, sweet and delicious

23rd December 2015

The best balance

You'll not find a bourbon that does such a phenomenal job of balancing everything that bourbon should be. Starts out sweet, moves to spicy, then finishes with complex charred oak. Love it. I've tried many Bourbons over the years but I keep coming back to this one. It doesn't hurt that is a damn good price.

2nd December 2015

Price point of Bourbon

So far, I haven't found another whiskey that tastes anywhere near as good as Buffalo Trace for the price. I like it better than Basil Hayden or Woodford's. A superior bourbon at a great price.

27th October 2015


In a proper whiskey tasting glass neat. Tastes and smells amazing.

25th October 2015


This is the second bottle of BT that I have purchased thinking the first was a fluke,considering all the 4 and 5 star ratings this has gotten. Bottom line life is too short to be drinking mediocre stuff.
Spend a couple more bucks and get Eagle Rare or Knob Creek.

8th September 2015


Its got more zing than others in the price range. Good mid range whiskey. Will for sure get again.

26th June 2015

Surprisingly wonderful

I'm not a big fan of whiskey or bourbon, but when I moved into my new house, my landlord left a bottle of Buffalo Trace bourbon as a housewarming gift. Not having any mixers available, and since I do not like any kind of drink neat, I tried it on the rocks. It was wonderful! The ice diluted it enough so that it wasn't harsh going down, and it had a great sweet flavor. This is the one bourbon I would definitely buy again.

20th June 2015

idiots from the UK

stay home and drink sherry, losers

4th June 2015

Disappointing neat, doesn't mix well either

Can appreciate that this is low end, cheap stuff but the nose/palate profile described on this site made it sound like the perfect bourbon for me, ticking all my boxes. However, to taste this either neat, iced or even with coke I failed to enjoy it at all. I'm no expert (of course) but it has an unpleasant chemically bitterness, as if someone has washed the glass with fairy liquid and not rinsed it out properly. I honestly enjoy plain old Jack Daniels over this for £20.

17th May 2015


At 40% don't bother. At 45% It is a gem.

2nd May 2015

smells like no, tastes like bourbon though

buff trace is not spicy. it is quite sharp, very malted in character, but not spicy.

25th April 2015

Sugar water in a bottle

Looking at the reviews makes me think I got a dud bottle. This is like a little kiddies drink but at a price no kid could afford. All I got was a massive burst of sweetness. The sweetest bourbon, or for that matter any drink I've ever had. Then it's like water, goes down easy & the taste is instantly gone. Don't know if I'd ever spend that much on this ever again but the bottle is a good addition to my collection anyway.

13th April 2015

I want to add to my last review

I'd like to give an update. We put bitters in it. And it tasted much better.

20th March 2015

Smells Like Cinnamon, Tastes Like Bourbon

Spicy. Although, everything is spicy. We appreciate the buffalo and the bottle history. When you put a whiskey ice ball in it, it does taste a little watery. Most bourbons taste like honey on my lips, but this one doesn't. What do other reviewers think of their "unparalleled reputation"? I don't feel transported to the Great Buffalo Trace -- I wish I felt like I was on the trail, sipping my bourbon. But, all around, this is pretty good.

20th March 2015

Forgot to add stars my "Knock-out" review posted below. This stuff is simply amazing.

18th March 2015


Can this stuff 'crash' in the bottle?! Noting other remarks here about quality control issues and references to ethanol, I may have a dodgy example (from a large chain @ £20). It comes in a rather arty, decorative bottle with a cork stopper -this endears it to me right away. I'm totally with the other reviewers on complexities and flavours, up to the point where it slides off the palate, maybe with a seriously dark chocolate swoosh towards the end, but then...oof! A massive parting shot of something that could be rocket fuel, toilet cleaner or paint-stripper? Dunno, 'cause I've never imbibed these delicacies. What was that about??!
Back to MM next time; no stars given as I honestly cannot rate what I don't may be perfect!

25th February 2015

For the small batch

This can hold its ground against every other small batch bourbon I've ever tasted. A vanilla lavender nose, toffee and corn rich palate, and a spicy rye finish. Evan at 80 proof this bourbon is a winner.

18th January 2015

the 80 proof lacks

In comparrising with some higher proof bourbons this one lacks on taste. Its not crap bourbon but really neads more strenght.

10th January 2015

Best I have tried by far

I have been into bourbon for a few years now, preferring it neat with no ice and I started with this as I had seen favourable reviews. Since then I have tried many other bourbons including wood ford reserve which many rave about but for me this is head and shoulders above the rest.

17th December 2014

Biker of Bourbon

I enjoyed a bottle of Buffalo Trace at a bed & breakfast get away recently. I much liked it. I take mine with just a splash of water, generally, and this seemed to open up the taste. By the way, Buffalo Trace was one of the distilleries my sister and some friends visited back in the summer on our 4 day Harley ride of the Bourbon Trail. I strongly recommend this tour to any serious whisky drinker. It's much fun and you learn a whole lot...and sample a lot.

12th December 2014

Mr. David Walls

Got my 1st bottle 2 days ago. A friend at work mentioned your brand knowing I have a taste for good bourbon. I really do enjoy it's spice and bourbon combination. I prefer my whiskey neat to enjoy it as it is. I and truly enjoy it flavor.

8th December 2014

It's okay

I think it is a real good bourbon for the price it has a ton of vanilla caramel and spice notes but it is very thin and lacks the complexity of a blantons . it's tollay on par with Makers Mark so you won't be disappointed of your just drinking with a friend or using it as a mixer

4th December 2014

I'd like the 45% Version, please - thank you

Bring back the 45% Version for the International market. This stuff is a shadow of its former self at 40%! A real shame they've changed it.

25th November 2014


Lots of varied aromas and flavors greet you and command your attention. Almond and sour fruits on the nose along with a palate brimming over with hazelnuts, vanilla, cinnamon, butterscotch. Add a drop of water to make the flavors explode. This is an outstanding bourbon. Not very expensive either, considering how phenomenally tasty it is. $24.95 for 750mL in Illinois, USA. (The bottle I have is 45% ABV, not sure if exported bottles are lower?)

24th November 2014

Happy I tried this

A bottle that's been catching my eye for a while but I've been too caught up with scotch!
This is a very nice bourbon and superb for the under 50$ CAD price! This sits in the same range as woodford, and ridgemont 1792 for me, and makes makers mark taste like jim beam.

4th November 2014

Rapid decline in quality

I've been buying and enjoying Trace since the 45% ABV days. Like a lot of people I continued to enjoy it after they diluted it to 40%. It was still a decent drink on the rocks or in mixers. But in the last year (2013-2014) the quality has taken a nose dive. Gone is the complexity, gone is the smoothness. Its still the best you can get for £20 in the UK supermarkets but make no mistake - this is now a shadow of its former self. I'm amused to find myself genuinely angry about that! Why didn't they just raise the damn prices instead of tearing the soul out of what was a fantastic class leading straight Bourbon?

27th October 2014

First Time for Buffalo Trace

was looking for a descent whiskey to make Manhattans, It came recommended at a duty free store in Michigan after getting used to Makers Mark as the base for the mix drink. I really enjoyed it and bought a bottle of Makers Mark after. to be honest, I am no expert by any means but I think I am going to go back to the Buffalo Trace because I found it tasted better even as a sipping whiskey.

19th September 2014

Reasonable, but not spectacular

A pleasant Bourbon, but a bit simple and lacking in depth compared to Woodford Reserve and Eagle Rare. A reasonable budget bourbon however and has a pleasant flavour.

31st August 2014

Better than the 45%

Honestly I prefer this to the 45% version I had a few times over the last couple of years. Don't go nuts with the ice: 3 cubes max. 2-3 fingers. The nose hits you even off the table, its wonderfully rich and toffee/caramel. The taste is smooth, as heck. As all heck. Lovely caramelized white oak sugars, toffee fudge and banana. A delicious finish that doesn't linger too long. You never get ethanol at any point from nose to gut. Its that good! This just blows away anything else at the price point. Jack Daniels wished it tastes this great. Beam White can't compete either. There is no better Bourbon for sale in the UK @ £20 or less. Wonderful stuff! I wish the supermarkets stocked more of the top class bourbons from this distillery of which, google assures me, there are many!

7th July 2014

Kentuckish Delight

I thought that Audrey Hollander was the Kentuckian that I would most like to spend the night with, until I sampled the "TRACE" !!!!!!!

30th June 2014


Probably one off the best bourbons iv tasted so far top quality

29th June 2014

Good for the price.

nose is mint caramel, wood char, sweet and syrupy

taste minty, cloves sugar, very very watery

finish sweet and short.

better than beam or JD but not worth repeat buys if you're expanding your palate and emptying your pockets.

6th June 2014


выпил уже 3 бутылки этого бурбона! мой любимый))) жаль что они уменьшили крепость до 40%. но у нас пока только 45% (90 proof) :)))

2nd May 2014

A must try

I've never gone back having had a drop of this, lovely taste and not too harsh for the average whiskey drinker. Lovely stuff!

20th February 2014

Scotch Drinker

Actually is not bad. I am scotch drinker but the guy from my local liquor store ask me to try this because I love sherry scotch like The Macallan. I was really impress how smooth this bourbon. I also bought The 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon and man it's pretty amazing. I have two Bourbon in my collection of Scotch but I really have to say that I'M impressed.

6th February 2014

A pleasant surprise.

This was my first bourbon and there's something about it that I can't quite put my finger on. I like it, I keep refilling my glass and I'm in love with the finish. The nose is Vanilla, sugar paper and fresh toffee. The palate has a sweet but waxy quality to it like beeswax drenched in honey and the finish is thoroughly satisfying. Can't say whether I'll be buying another bottle yet, I have a few more to try but it's definitely worth a punt in my opinion.

25th January 2014

good stuff

Good price good taste.

22nd January 2014


Saw in supermarket and thought I'd try something different. Really nice sipping whiskey but didn't feel that it mixed well with diet coke

17th January 2014

Good quality

I can tell this of good quality, but there was something about it that just didn't work with me. Not sure what it was. Did make a nice Manhattan though.

11th January 2014

Top Notch

Simply fantastic!

20th November 2013


I'm a fan of all whisky and it's taken me a while to move into the realms of bourbon, but I must say, I wish I had earlier.

This is delightful, if anyone hasn't tried bourbon yet, possibly put off by weak versions they've tried in the past. I'd strongly suggest this. It's very similar to green bottle. As a whisky fan, buffalo trace has brought that excitement back! I can't wait to delve a little deeper into American whiskey.

It's smooth, full of flavour, not as complexed as Scottish malt but not to be overlooked. At the price, you could do a hang of a lot worse.

17th October 2013


It's an ok bourbon that's all. After tasting Makers Mark Straight Bourbon this is just a faint memory to the full potential of a bourbon.

13th October 2013

By far one of the best Bourbons

I came to Buffalo Trace at a tasting and my local hostelry had a bottle brought in. It didn't last long enough. A new Manager and a new bottle. It's going the same way as the first. BT invites one to it's warm, encompasing world. It doesn't treat you ill. Smooth, not over powering but still full bodied. A true classic.

5th October 2013

Best bargain on the Bourbon market

Sweet, warm, and inviting mix of dried-fruit and grain flavors. Mixes well, tastes great neat. Best £20 you'll ever spend on a bottle of booze.

11th August 2013

First Bottle Not The Last

Had a bottle bought for me for my birthday last Thursday (1st).I was amazed how well this tasted, I would buy this again in a heartbeat great bourbon.

6th August 2013

Your Good Avarage Bourbon

Very easy bourbon with style. Personally prefer a little more depth and flavour, but it is defnitely not bad. Easy recommendation if getting to know with better bourbons.

30th May 2013


I never liked whiskey untill a friend had me try buffalo trace

5th April 2013

a must buy

Rating for the above comment

6th March 2013

a must buy

Warm spice in the nose; corn, vanilla and toasted caramel with nuts on the palate. Finish dry from the rye with dare I say it, a little orange oil?!.Unblievable bourbon for your buck or sterling.

6th March 2013


Nose - Black treacle, caramel, pine, cream custard, warm toffee pudding, molasses, all things good and sticky and sweet.

Taste - Vanilla ice cream, warm oak, bread and butter pudding, black treacle.

The nose is more busy than the taste but this is a good drop, any seasoned scotch drinker can taste and enjoy the quality here.

19th January 2013


They are flogging this at£18 per bottle this christmas.

23rd December 2012

Excellent bourbon whiskey

Vanilla and wood, marvelous on the most and absolutely delicious on the palate. An all around awesome whiskey and one of the best price points, especially stateside. I could drink this everyday and never get bored. Quality stuff .

26th November 2012

A must

I supposed to have 45% whiskey, but they have diluted this. I fear worst, Bland and watery taste, but this was something else! Smooth and sweet, similar chocolatey aroma like Eagle rare 10yo, but not so sweet. There's also cherry and some rye making complexity and long finish.
This is best for the price, many times better than Jim Beam Black. I think this is better than Eagle rare. In fact I suppose this is best bourbon I have ever tasted. (Beam black, maker's, 4 roses small batch, eagle, knob, that's my list).

9th September 2012

Best Bourbon in Kentuky

Number 1 wot. This bourbon is great

25th July 2012

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