Discover the differences between Blade and Bow vs Buffalo Trace in this in-depth comparison and decide which bourbon is better for You!
Blade and Bow
|Nose||Cherry, vanilla, oak, ethanol|
|Palate||Fruit, vanilla, brown sugar, baking spice, peanuts|
|Finish||Oak, spice, roasted peanuts|
|Alcohol content||91 proof (45.5% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water|
|Similar to||Blanton’s, Weller, Basil Hayden’s|
The nose is a bit heavy on ethanol, but it fades into a cherry scent, along notes of vanilla and oak.
On the palate, B&B the first sip delivers a fruity flavor of ripe cherries up-front, along brown sugar, vanilla, baking spice, oak and just a touch of roasted peanuts.
The finish has a medium length, burns on the way down, but nothing too severe. Brings a fair amount of spice, along oak and more roasted peanuts.
Adding a dash of water tunes down the heat by a notch, while releasing a bit more of brown sugar and oak.
Nothing wows me about the Blade and Bow, but is a good option for those who want an everyday sipper with a little heat to it.
Price is reasonable as it doesn’t break the bank.
You get a decent bourbon in a nice bottle, with a cool backstory and a key that gives you a glass if you ever visit the distillery. The terms seem acceptable to me.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Blade and Bow:
- It does no have an age statement.
- The mash bill is undisclosed.
- This whisky pays homage to the Stitzel-Weller Distillery which closed in 1992.
- Blade and Bow is aged in a solera-style system, using some of the last stocks of whiskey from the old distillery. Is later blended with other bourbons and bottled at Stitzel-Weller.
- 5 keys are a common theme in the Stitzel-Weller Distillery. These 5 keys represent the steps in the whiskey-making process: grains, yeast, fermentation, distillation and aging.
- Blade and Bow is owned by Diageo, a British spirits giant, who holds Johnnie Walker among 200+ brands.
|Nose||Caramel, cinnamon, baking spice, cereal|
|Palate||Caramel, vanilla, oak, espresso coffee, chocolate|
|Finish||Vanilla, baking spice, oak|
|Alcohol content||90 proof (45% ABV)|
|How to drink||Neat, rocks|
|Similar to||Bulleit Bourbon, Jim Beam, Woodford Reserve|
Buffalo Trace is one of the best-selling bourbons for two good reasons: it delivers a smooth yet tasty taste and is attractively priced delivering good value for the money.
On the nose the Buffalo Trace is very subtle with notes of caramel, vanilla and a touch of baking spice.
Taste hits the spice a little harder, displays oak and fruit and the underlying sweetness is still there, a little caramel and vanilla goes a long way. Mouthfeel is soft and approachable, light on the heat.
The finish has a decent length, rich in vanilla and baking spice, although flavors don’t sit on the tongue for long but leave a refreshing sensation in the mouth.
The Buffalo Trace is a well-rounded bourbon, making a nice easy sipper with a medium to full body, soft with a chewy feel, fruity and oaky with a medium spicy finish.
Neither intense nor mind-blowing, but it gets the job done delivering a pleasant and satisfying bourbon.
Overall, Buffalo Trace is a good mid-shelf bourbon, a sipper that does not need neither water nor ice. Makes a solid option for an “everyday whiskey” but not the best whiskey mixer as it lacks the punch to deliver tasty cocktails.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Buffalo Trace:
- Buffalo Trace is made from corn, rye and malted barley in undisclosed amounts.
- Buffalo Traces uses a unique aging process of 8 years in which the barrels are stored in the middle floors of the warehouse where temperature fluctuations are the greatest; these variations get reflected in the bourbon creating deeper flavors.
- 40 barrels at a time are chosen to create one single, small batch of Buffalo Trace.
Blade and Bow vs Buffalo Trace: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Blade and Bow||$55|
Blade and Bow vs Buffalo Trace: Which is better?
Blade and Bow is marginally better than the Buffalo Trace
|Whiskey||Blade and Bow||Buffalo Trace|
- Blade and Bow is a more tasty bourbon, just be aware that it has some warmth on the finish as it burns a bit on the way down. Nothing terrible, but this is something you should consider before buying.
- This bourbon is overpriced as you are paying for the key that includes a glass that you get if you ever visit the distillery and for the backstory.
- The juice is not bad, not too complex or particularly interesting but well worth trying at least once before moving into the next new thing.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!