Buffalo Trace Single Oak Barrel 132
Added on Saturday, Sep 24, 2011 at 11:15 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 8 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: 2003 Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 45.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $46 Availability: Specialty Stores
Rye Recipe, Entry Proof 125, Entry Weight 525, #4 Char, 6 months seasoned, Bottom Cut, 8 Growth Rings/Inch, 65 Staves, Harvest Location A, Warehouse K, Wood Floor, Warehouse Location K-7-1
Member Ratings and Notes
N:  Syrupy, candy corn, some rust and spice.
P:  Sweet and spicy, plenty of mint, pepper and other rye type notes. 
Finish:  rye spice and grains.

As I taste through the single oaks, one impression I get is that bottom cut barrels have more intense flavoring, and that seems to come out particularly in the rye recipe bourbons.  The top cuts are more subtle in their spicing, while the bottom cuts tend to be feature bigger rye spice and even vegetal notes in some (though not as much in this one). 

N: Sweet and spicy, with pepper evident, a bit of pine present and some slightly bitter wood. Orange with a bit of molasses and maple syrup. A rye dryness as well.


P: Round, slightly thin, somewhat astringent. The pine note makes itself known again, with some dry wood, some cinnamon, and a hint of bubblegum.


F: The bubblegum note continues, some vanilla and cherry, there's kind of a meaty note in there as well.


The flashes of meatiness were interesting and uncommon for me in a bourbon. It's decent enough but a little closed off and lacking complexity.  

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