Sunday, November 8, 2015

Hazels Boulder: Buffalo Trace Single Barrel Pick 3



A few nights ago I was extremely bored, so I decided to head to Hazels in Boulder, it was either stuff my face with food out of boredom, or go walk around the liquor store for a few minutes before they closed...

I knew it was a delivery day for them and I was wondering if they got anything new in by chance...

While I was hoping for something rare and unique, nothing of the sort on this day, however while talking to one of the liquor guys, he was telling me that they received their 3rd single barrel pick of Buffalo Trace that day and they hadn't even put it out on the shelves yet...

I must say, I thought twice before buying it, Buffalo Trace is a solid bourbon any way you look at it, I drink it from time to time out and about just because its solid enough and inexpensive to drink at a bar, but I never really have a bottle in my cabinet...

So seeing an opportunity to be the first to buy a bottle of their recent store pick, I said "ship it" and he grabbed me one from the back....

  • I can't rep Hazels Beverage World as my home liquor store, and not buy their store picks...

Buffalo Trace Single Barrel, Hazels Pick No. 3:

On the Nose: Fruit forward, fruit punch, fruit cocktail, berry jam, vanilla, toasted oak, light baking spices, light hay, light alcohol vapor that reminds me of a fresh can of racquetballs which as the bottle opened up more eventually turned into medicinal cherry nail polish, but not in a weird way, my olfactory systems are odd, yes, but I am honest of mine...

Palate and Flavors: Skittles, starburst, fruit punch, fruit cocktail, fruit roll ups, gushers, funfetti cake, vanilla, light tea leaf, light cinnamon

Overall: Solid, sound, easy sipping, quality bourbon, just like any release of standard Buffalo Trace...

To me this single barrel is very fruit forward, I really kind of kept second guessing myself with this bottle...

The skittle and starburst thing really resonates to me and I thought I was hallucinating a bit, but I have polished off almost the whole bottle in a week and every single time I get skittles and starburst fruit candies....

Buffalo Trace is always a good pick, its always cool to try single barrels and taste profile ranges..

If you're in or around Boulder, I'd definitely say pick up a bottle, tastes like candy to me and is super simple to sip...

Side Note: The fruit punch/fruit cocktail/fruit candy thing I get here, really reminds me of the Weller Special Reserve Single Barrel from Grapevine in Denver with very fruit forward, fruit punchy notes.. Obviously different bourbons and mash bills, but slight similarities to me...

RW&B Grapevine Weller Review  (I blew up the comment section with some blah, blah, blah)

Cheers and Happy Hunting,

Alex @bourbonboomed