$ — 45% ABV — 8 years
Buffalo Trace is the quintessential bourbon. It's made at one of the oldest distilleries in the USA, being in an unbroken state of whiskey-making since 1812, even through Prohibition. In 2013, this parentage earned the Buffalo Trace Distillery the status of a national historical landmark.
Buffalo Trace is made, regardless of law, to specifications at which the Trace's distillers believe whisky shines the brightest: a low rye mash bill; aged at least eight years; using virgin white oak; non-charcoal filtered; and bottled at 45% ABV. This puts Buffalo Trace's baseline far ahead of most other brands, and at little (if any) cost difference.
Bourbon is typically named after its distiller (Beam, Daniel, Williams) and many pillars of whiskey history like Blanton and Weller do still have a namesake brand under the Buffalo Trace umbrella. But E. H. Taylor was a bit of a revolutionary for whiskey marketing, often giving his products individual and catchy names, a tradition that continued with Buffalo Trace.
If Buffalo Trace isn't wooded enough for you, Eagle Rare is the same formula but aged a minimum of 2 years longer. If you want more oomph their Old Charter 101 is bottled at 50.5%. And for age and strength both, the annual release of the highly coveted George T. Stagg is the only way to go — if you can hunt down a bottle!