*Classic/Highest Recommendation* The nosing passes pick up seductive aromatic notes of toasted walnut, dried red fruits, marzipan, black pepper, spices, cocoa and marshmallow. Entry is zesty, fruity, candied and almost Sherry-like; the midpalate bursts with flavors of cocoa, dark chocolate, chocolate covered almond, coffee, tobacco and dark caramel. Ends smooth, silky, toffee sweet and honeyed. Wow.
This is what Buffalo Trace refers to as their "Rye Recipe" bourbon. It is not a straight rye whiskey, but instead a straight bourbon whiskey with a larger proportion of rye grain than the normal Buffalo Trace recipe. Most bourbon has a recipe, or "mashbill," of more than 80% corn with the second or small grain being rye, and a bit of barley to aid in fermentation. Basically, what we have here is a recipe that calls for more rye than the standard bourbon recipe (say 25% rather than the standard 15%). It is still more than 51% corn and therefore is technically still a bourbon whiskey, but has some of the flavor characteristics of a rye whiskey. Please do not confuse this product with a straight rye whiskey. It is not rye whiskey, but a wonderfully spicy and delicious bourbon! (David Othenin-Girard, K&L Spirits buyer)
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