Buffalo Trace Distillery:  Blanton's / GT Stagg / Sazerac / W.L. Weller

     

Blanton's, GT Stagg, Sazerac & W.L. Weller are produced at Buffalo Trace distillery which is located in Frankfort, Kentucky.

The distillery was founded in 1787, although a more modern one using steam power was built on the grounds in 1857.

E.H. Taylor Jr. purchased the distillery in 1870 and modernised it further when in 1886 he introduced climate-controlled warehousing and during prohibition the distillery was granted a rare license allowing it to continue for medicinal purposes.

The Sazerac company purchased the distillery in 1992 and immediately renamed it to Buffalo Trace in recognition of the herds of buffalo which once roamed freely in the region.

 

 

 

Blanton's

General whisky characteristics: Rich, floral, caramel

   
 

 

Blanton's Gold Edition, single barrel No. 247

Warehouse H, rack 41, dumped 8.31.06

Typical cost of this bottle;

 
 

Glass: Bugatti Kelch

Colour: Dark Oak

Nose: Rich and velvety with a slight perfume.

Palate: Wow, long lasting herbs and perfume. Gloriously smooth.

With 3 drops of water: Even more intensely perfumed.

Finish: The finsh is akin to a good cognac.

Overall Impression: I am indeed impressed.

   

 

 

George T. Stagg

General whisky characteristics: Complex, rich, floral, caramel

 
     

George T. Stagg, 64.5% ABV, 129 proof (which I believe was 2004, maybe 2005)

Typical cost of this bottle; In USA , in Europe to

 
  Nose: Raisins and a bouquet of roasted summer flowers.

Palate: Initially rich and creamy followed very quickly by a full-on assault of the palate by cask strength violets.

The effect of water: 4 drops (in about 3-4cl) make for a gentler nose and creamier feel in the mouth, but the flavour was remarkably intensified and the finish much longer.

Plus 4 more drops: Almonds now appear on the nose and it becomes slightly less floral as it loses the violets. But the flaour intensifies further with spicy raisins.

Plus 4 more drops: The spicy raisins are joined by caramel and a return of floral notes.

Overall Impression: Although this one is slightly less floral than my previous GTS, it is still a great which contains more conventional raisin and caramel notes as opposed to Alpine Meadow ones.
But as always, this GTS does not disappoint!

 

   

 

 

Sazerac

General whisky characteristics: Rich, floral (aromatic herbs, lavendar), sweet, leather

 
 

 

Sazerac, Straight Rye, 45% abv

Typical cost of this bottle;

Dram-atics "Advent-urous" live review

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Light golden amber

Nose: An immediate burst of finest Italian calf leather precedes aromatic herbs and what I can only describe as lavendar-flavoured candy floss.

Palate: Rich and quite sweet, again with those floral herbs and lavendar, but also wood infused with oil of orange.

With 3 drops of water: A more floral nose with less of the leather and a slightly drier palate.

Finish: Very long and even longer with the drops of water. Also more floral rigth at the end.

Overall Impression: I like it. Most pleasant and enjoyable.

 

   

 

 

W.L. Weller

General whisky characteristics: Floral, caramel, maple syrup, herbs

 
 

 

W.L. Weller, 7y, 45% abv

Typical cost of this bottle;

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Dark amber

Nose: Sweet maple syrup with caramel. It's also quite floral with suggestions of spring-time herbs and mountain flowers and just a touch of violets. As time passes this becomes less sweet on the nose and acquires more depth of aromas.

Palate: The syrupy-ness from the nose has all but disappeared to leave a very pleasant selection of floral, caramel and treacle toffee type flavours.

Finish: Long.

Overall Impression: Really pretty good and certainly excellent value for money.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

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