Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, $20

Behind the veil of grain and rye the whiskey smells of clover, allspice, vanilla, and maple syrup.  On the tongue it’s predominately a sweet drink, though the aromas from the nose are repeated.  It’s surprisingly smooth and silky and the flavors linger nicely, with the added benefit of mellowing into a golden raisin flavor profile.  Go…

Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey,$40

The nose smells lightly of construction paper, grain, golden apple, and vanilla.  On my second pass I notice a whimsical even buttery floral component, perhaps Jasmine.  The taste of this whiskey is reminiscent of fresh mint and mandarin oranges coming together to elevate the traditional maple syrup notes of a fine Bourbon.  The texture is…