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: Brown sugar, vanilla, apples, mint leaves, 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.
Conclusion: This is an incredibly drinkable bourbon with a fairly sterorypical bourbon palate. 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". This is in the same price range as Blanton's single barrel and Elmer T Lee (both made by Buffalo Trace), and as with any single barrel, there's going to be slight variations in taste.
My rating: B (Good)