Price Point: $10 – $20 for 375 ML
Oh, how I loathe white dog (unaged) whiskeys. Typically, I embrace different ways of experimenting with whiskey, but I simply do not understand the fascination with consuming new make spirit.
Buffalo Trace White Dog is a little different in that it’s not sold nationally as a stand-alone product (although it is starting to be sold outside of the distillery’s gift shop…). If you’ve ever had the pleasure of sampling Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, or George T. Stagg, then you owe it to yourself to at least give this a try, as this formula is where it all starts.
The nose is crisp and clean on Buffalo Trace White Dog, with corn dominating the aroma. This noses like a vodka, only smoother.
Once in the mouth, corn is still the decidedly abundant taste, with some rye making its way in as time goes on. Buffalo Trace White Dog is oily in texture, with a touch of barley appearing for good measure. You can definitely taste the beginning stages of a bourbon, which really makes you appreciate the art of aging whiskey.
There’s more burn than expected on the finish. It’s definitely strange not tasting any oak or other sweet flavors at this point.
Rating & Recommendations
Even though I despise new make, I can appreciate Buffalo Trace White Dog, and give it an honorable 76 out of 100 rating.
This is for sure an interesting spirit to pick up, if only to learn a little more about your bourbon’s heritage.