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[LCBO] LCBO "sale" on two very good bourbons

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Like all LCBO "sales", the prices aren't great but they are what they are. That being said, these prices are cheaper than many jurisdictions in the US and the whiskies themselves are definitely worth trying.

First up: Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey $38.30 ($3 off reg $41.30 price).

Buffalo Trace is my go-to bourbon. It's a nicely aged bourbon (at least 8 years) that is flavourful but subtle on those flavours. It is semi-sweet (and definitely not too much so) and so very mellow with such a warm finish that it might just test your sense of self restraint. $3 off doesn't sound like much but this tastes (to this palate) like a $50+ bourbon and is often in short supply (or completely out of stock) so $38 is amazing. Neat or in a whiskey sour (or even a bourbon-based Manhattan). Enjoy!

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Next up: Wild Turkey Longbranch $54.60 ($5 off reg $59.60 price).

Matthew McConaughey has his name on this one (Google it if you're interested in that part of this bourbon as I am more interested in its taste) but regardless this is a very very good bourbon. A great mouth feel with a powerful finish. Again, complex flavours but not overpowering. Amazing neat or over ice. I have never had this in a mixed drink but am sipping on one over ice at this very minute and am enjoying every sip.

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Honourable mention:

Legent $55.30 ($5 off reg price of $60.30) - personally, I think this bourbon is overpriced but it's pretty good. It might just be my palate but I would choose Buffalo Trace over Legent any day. That being said, it makes a very good whiskey sour.

Finally, there's Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey. At $1.50 off its regular price of $40.75, it leaves with a "meh" feeling. It's a decent bourbon for sure but it's just not much of a sale. If you like it, at least there's some savings here...

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Thumbs up for a very detailed post with review
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Loved the review, however the discount is really not that great, it seems like LCBO never offers a good discount on whiskeys, few bucks the most.
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zwjohn wrote: Loved the review, however the discount is really not that great, it seems like LCBO never offers a good discount on whiskeys, few bucks the most.
True. But if you live in Ontario, these prices are as good as they're ever going to get for these bourbons and the two I have featured are well worth the sale price. I have friends in the US who pay way more than these prices for these whiskeys. Unfortunately, taxes are a big part of the price of spirits in Ontario.
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Great info, CaptSmethwick! Thanks for sharing.
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Damn, Not really a whiskey drinker but definitely in for Buffalo Trace based on the notes alone, thanks fellow Cap!
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nice OP. Just ran out of merry maker's and basil hayden's. Will try buffalo trace. Love to make old fashioned and manhattans with bourbon. Good in a hot toddy when you're ill. Or neat when you are feeling refined.
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StudYork wrote: nice OP. Just ran out of merry maker's and basil hayden's. Will try buffalo trace. Love to make old fashioned and manhattans with bourbon. Good in a hot toddy when you're ill. Or neat when you are feeling refined.
Buffalo Trace makes a very very nice Old Fashioned. Enjoy.
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CaptSmethwick wrote: Image

Like all LCBO "sales", the prices aren't great but they are what they are. That being said, these prices are cheaper than many jurisdictions in the US and the whiskies themselves are definitely worth trying.

First up: Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey $38.30 ($3 off reg $41.30 price).

Buffalo Trace is my go-to bourbon. It's a nicely aged bourbon (at least 8 years) that is flavourful but subtle on those flavours. It is semi-sweet (and definitely not too much so) and so very mellow with such a warm finish that it might just test your sense of self restraint. $3 off doesn't sound like much but this tastes (to this palate) like a $50+ bourbon and is often in short supply (or completely out of stock) so $38 is amazing. Neat or in a whiskey sour (or even a bourbon-based Manhattan). Enjoy!

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Next up: Wild Turkey Longbranch $54.60 ($5 off reg $59.60 price).

Matthew McConaughey has his name on this one (Google it if you're interested in that part of this bourbon as I am more interested in its taste) but regardless this is a very very good bourbon. A great mouth feel with a powerful finish. Again, complex flavours but not overpowering. Amazing neat or over ice. I have never had this in a mixed drink but am sipping on one over ice at this very minute and am enjoying every sip.

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Honourable mention:

Legent $55.30 ($5 off reg price of $60.30) - personally, I think this bourbon is overpriced but it's pretty good. It might just be my palate but I would choose Buffalo Trace over Legent any day. That being said, it makes a very good whiskey sour.

Finally, there's Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey. At $1.50 off its regular price of $40.75, it leaves with a "meh" feeling. It's a decent bourbon for sure but it's just not much of a sale. If you like it, at least there's some savings here...

Slainte!
Not a bourbon drinker but now I want to try at least one of these after such a well written review. You have great literary prose.
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bubbabooie wrote: Not a bourbon drinker but now I want to try at least one of these after such a well written review. You have great literary prose.
Try Buffalo Trace - at $38, it's a bargain.
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So professional... like reading hi-fi review.
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Buffalo Trace all the way. I do like Bulleit, but Buffalo Trace tastes so good it seems underpriced compared to higher priced bourbons like Maker's Mark and Knob Creek.
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Thanks for the post. Will get them both.
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tinmack wrote: Buffalo Trace all the way. I do like Bulleit, but Buffalo Trace tastes so good it seems underpriced compared to higher priced bourbons like Maker's Mark and Knob Creek.
Knob creek after it lost its age guarantee had a dramatic change in taste. Definitely not recommended for the price.

Buffalo trace is a steal at full price for the quality. It isn’t aged 8 years like the OP suggests though. It’s got no age statement but honestly don’t let that interfere because it’s one of the best whiskeys you can buy in that price range.
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Thanks OP, gonna try your go to Buffalo Trace
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Not a fan of Buffalo Trace myself, but great review. I just bought a bottle of Booker's, Laphroaig and Ardbeg. If I buy anymore my wife will surely kill me!
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Thanks OP bought 2 Buffalo Trace to try.
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I don't even drink alcohol, but that description makes me want to buy it.....

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