Benchmark Old No. 8

Benchmark

Paid: $9 for 750ml

Distilled / Owned by: Buffalo Trace / Sazerac

Region: Kentucky

40% ABV

Mashbill: Buffalo Trace Mash Bill #1

Aged For: Minimum 3 years

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #4

Chill Filtered: Yes

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

 


 

Color: Orange Peel Brown

Nose: Gentle pipe tobacco and candy corns are what my nose registers.

Taste: Extremely sweet, you almost don’t even need a mixer with the amount of sugar I picked up. Sweet maple and brown sugar syrup mixed with cola.

Finish: Finishes like a Dr. Pepper if it was aged in oak. Far too short, but good warmth.

Overall: After trying this if I ran a bar this would be my well bourbon no questions asked, punches way above its price point. A bit too sweet and not enough warmth and length in the finish prevent it from truly being a great bourbon, but that’s what it’s older brothers are for.

Score: 71/100

 

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