Up for review today is a single barrel bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery. Hancock’s President’s Reserve comes in a neat, decanter-style container and is bottled at 88.9 proof with no age statement. This bourbon uses Buffalo Trace mash bill #2, which is 12-15% rye.
Color: Bright honey amber.
Nose: Fairly shallow in the glass, it's difficult to sense the aromas. Brown sugar, vanilla with a hint of mint, apples, and tobacco.
Taste: Caramel, vanilla, pepper, rye and oak. The rye punch that I enjoy and have come to expect from Buffalo Trace mash bill #2 is not as robust. It just seems watered down.
Conclusion: This is an incredibly drinkable bourbon that will fall short on the palate and finish for most bourbon enthusiasts. My wife and I recently hosted a house party and a lot of our friends (most were not big whiskey drinkers) liked this a lot as it was "so smooth". based on price, I would not recommend this. It's in the same price range as Blanton's single barrel and Elmer T Lee (both made by Buffalo Trace), and Hancock's Reserve is my least favorite; it simply lacks personality.
My rating: 7.7 (Decent)