Buffalo Trace puts out some good whiskeys and what I’ve got here is where a lot of them begin: White Dog. “White dog” refers to the unaged distillate that eventually becomes bourbon. These unaged whiskeys are starting to pop up more and more in liquor stores (see: Death’s Door, Georgia Moon, etc), and they’re growing on me slowly. I’m not sure if I’d ever choose one over any full-blooded bourbon, but let’s see how Buffalo Trace’s offering measures up.
- 125 proof
- Made by Buffalo Trace
Buffalo Trace White Dog comes in a short, simple bottle with a faintly mottled tan label. The front label shows the Buffalo Trace logo, the words “White Dog”, “Mash #1″ and a listing of the grains and proof. The rear, however, gets into some nostalgic tale about the “brave pioneers” who traveled to Kentucky, distilling all the way. I guess when you’re selling white liquor it becomes more about the marketing than the complexity of the whiskey, but this story is pretty standard fare. Generally, though, I like the straight-forward design and it goes well with the simplicity of the product.
The scent is surprisingly rich and smooth – it’s like rising bread dough, full and soft. This definitely is close to the grain. It’s also pretty big in flavor – the same rising sourdough flavor but a little sharper at first and settling down into something more yeasty. The finish is long (for something unaged) and yeasty as well. This is quite powerful at 125 proof and it’ll numb your mouth a bit if you don’t add some water, but try it both ways.
I’m impressed. I can’t say I like it better than their main line bourbon, but this is far more flavorful than the other unaged whiskeys I’ve tasted lately. Strangely, this is something that could be a decent sipping drink if you’re in the mood for something different.