This whiskey is produced at the scenic Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort (close to Woodford Reserve Distillery if you are touring). Buffalo Trace is the home of numerous other whiskies such as Eagle Rare, Blanton’s and Rock Hill Farms. This is a single barrel bourbon, which unlike most, carries no age statement. Rather, it’s bottled when Elmer T. Lee, Master Distiller Emeritus at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, determines that the barrel is at its peak. Lee is a native Kentuckian who’s also had a hand at producing some of the finest Bourbons ever bottled. When asked, “How do you get to be a master distiller?’ Lee comments, ‘Experience is the only way I know to get there. You can’t study it in school; you can’t learn it over the Internet… it’s on-the-job training.’
This Single Barrel Bourbon is deep amber in color, the nose is light and sweet, with traces of mango and papaya. The body is full, and the palate shows a nice, if simple, balance of honey, clover, a slight fruitiness, and a dash of spices. The finish is long and warm.