photo credit: Buffalo Trace Distillery


Proof: 80
Age: 3 Year Old
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Master Distiller: Harlen Wheatley
Season: Fall
Price: $20.99 Per Bottle

Its no secret that I am obsessed with love Buffalo Trace, but when I tried Ancient Age I questioned my palate. Could Buffalo Trace have produced this? The title drew me in: I like older whiskeys that follow traditional recipes with old mash bills. How bad could it be?


It was a cool summer night when I sat out on the patio to try this whiskey. Not sure if that impacted the nose, but I picked up a mild, sweet fragrance typical of bourbon but not remarkable. The presence of ethyl was evident on the nose, and I picked up high traces of ash (which I dont like).

Swirl. Sip.

The first sip was cinnamon off the bat, with very little burn on the tongue. Very appropriate for fall. Not surprising since this particular whiskey is the lowest possible proof that a bourbon could muster. Indeed, Ancient Age is a bourbon that should be sipped lightly; once I took a full mouth and gave it a Kentucky chew, I was nearly overwhelmed by the alcohol taste and the bitterness of the char.

While the burn was non-existent on the tongue, the bitterness in the back of my throat and in the aftertaste was unmistakable. I’m left missing the nice, sweet aftertaste that is present with most whiskeys. Perhaps I am spoiled, but the more I sip Ancient Age, the less I like it.



Buffalo Trace has consistently produced great whiskey, but this is not one of them. I would appreciate Ancient Age more in an Old Fashioned or perhaps in a Manhattan where the spice notes of the whiskey can be better expressed and appreciated. I give Ancient Age a C+.

And the C+ is considering how cheap this whiskey is (as low as $7 per fifth in my area). This ain’t a bourbon taster’s bourbon. This is a well whiskey or mixer at best. I know there is Ancient Age 10 and the (soon to be extinct) Ancient Ancient Age on the market, and I sincerely hope that those two are better than this average attempt at whiskey.  Keep this whiskey stocked in your home bar so you don’t have to give out the good stuff, and get it delivered right to your door.

So what do you think? Have you tried Ancient Age? How does that compare to Ancient Age 10 or Ancient Ancient Age? Vote using the stars or leave a comment below.

3.2 (64.44%) 9 votes

P.S. – Buffalo Trace’s distillery is located at 1001 Wilkinson Blvd. in Frankfort, Kentucky. You can give them a call at (502) 696-5926 for tour hours and rates. Tell them that Bourbon of the Day sent you!