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Wolcott vs Buffalo Trace: Head to Head!

Discover the differences between Wolcott vs Buffalo Trace in this head to head comparison and decide which Bourbon is better for You!

Wolcott Kentucky Straight Bourbon

NoseVanilla, honey, oak
PalateBrown sugar, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon
FinishMedium, rye spice, cinnamon
Alcohol content90 proof (45% ABV)
How to drinkCocktails
Similar toWoodford Reserve, Bulleit Bourbon

Wolcott Bourbon is crafted for Total Wine at the 1792 Barton Distillery, which in turn is owned by… Buffalo Trace!

This bourbon is light on the nose, with sweet notes of vanilla and honey coming first, followed by a bit of oak.

On the palate, it provides a good mouthfeel as it feels somewhat creamy and smooth on the first sip. Flavor hits with brown sugar, vanilla and caramel sweetness, with oak a rich spicy cinnamon note coming behind.

The finish has a medium length, it’s a bit dry, with some rye spice to it and more cinnamon notes.

Wolcott has very little to no burn making an easy sipper. Perhaps not the most flavorful or interesting whiskey but has the right flavors you expect from bourbon with no harsh or off-putting notes.

It has a mild spicy touch due to the high rye presence in the mash making it a good alternative to the Bulleit Bourbon when looking for moderately spicy cocktails or something to mix with Coke.

There are a few facts worth knowing about the Wolcott Bourbon:

  • It provides no age statement.
  • Mash is undisclosed but you can tell this is high in rye.
  • Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Buffalo Trace

NoseCaramel, cinnamon, baking spice, cereal
PalateCaramel, vanilla, oak, espresso coffee, chocolate
FinishVanilla, baking spice, oak
Alcohol content90 proof (45% ABV)
How to drinkNeat
Similar toMaker’s Mark, Eagle Rare

Nose 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 moderate 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.

It’s not intense or mind-blowing, but it gets the job done delivering a pleasant and satisfying bourbon.

Overall, Buffalo Trace is a solid mid-shelf bourbon, a sipper that does not need neither water nor ice. Makes a solid option for an “everyday whiskey” although not the best 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 Trace 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.
  • According to Buffalo Trace who has been using the same recipe and methods for the last 200+ years 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.
  • Double Gold North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition 2019.
  • Gold San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018.

Wolcott vs Buffalo Trace: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

Wolcott Straight Bourbon$30
Buffalo Trace$35

Wolcott vs Buffalo Trace: Which is better?

The Buffalo Trace drinks nicer

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  • The Buffalo Trace is incredibly popular for two good reasons: it’s flavorful and smooth. Nicely balanced, with the right level of warmth making something that you can sip neat, with a drop of water or rocks.
  • Not my cup of tea to make cocktails making me prefer the Sazerac Rye which is more or less the same whiskey but with more rye spice in the mash making it more tasty.
  • The Wolcott lies in the middle between the Buffalo Trace and the Sazerac Rye in terms of spice, and just a notch below the Bulleit Bourbon making a better option for those looking for not overly spicy Old Fashioneds.