Didn’t really know much about this bourbon when I picked it up but it was affordable so I thought I’d give it a shot. It’s from Frank-Lin Distilleries and is sourced from Kentucky but other than that there’s not much else I could find out about it.

Bourbon: Buck Bourbon
8 years; 45%

Color: Like a breakfast tea

Nose: Right off the bat there’s a strong note of alcohol which quickly dissipates followed closely by brown sugar, herbs, spices, and some hints of citrus.

Taste: Dry oak, leather, sage, grass with a short, quick pepper burn at the end.

Finish: It’s light without much of a burn and plenty of leather and oak lingering on the palate.

Verdict: B-
For a bottle with a bucking bronco on it the taste profile of this bourbon is on point. The earthiness and the leather fit right in with it’s stylings as a cowboy whiskey. It’s 8 years old and goes for $25-30.

In this day an age when the great value buys like Henry McKenna and Buffalo Trace are increasingly hard to find or being placed in lotteries; I am always on the lookout for a good budget whiskey. While this bourbon isn’t on the same level as the others mentioned above, at this price point it’s a keeper.