Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection 2023 Peated Malt Bourbon

We haven’t seen new bottlings of the Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection for a while now, but this latest batch includes a 9 year, 5 month old bottle of bourbon with “peated” malt substituted for the regular barley malt used in the Buffalo Trace mashbill #1. Bottled at 90 proof like regular buffalo trace, the nose is reminiscent of mesquite wood, smoky but sweet. On the palate, the smoke takes the form of pepper playing sharp contrast to the normal bourbon sweet notes. Some will like this, most won’t. The holy grail of course is to make something that both scotch and bourbon lovers would like. Oh yea, it’s called Canadian Whiskey!