Which Benchmark bourbon is the best? Before answering that question, let's get a little more information about the Benchmark brand.
Benchmark is the popular Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey lineup produced by the Sazerac Company at its Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. All of these bourbons were aged a minimum of 3 years in new oak barrels and have become a staple in the life of many bourbon drinkers. It is interesting to note that these whiskeys use the famous Buffalo Trace Mashbill # 1.
So, how do these bourbons compare in taste and how do they rank? Let's find out.
80 Proof. The nose bears caramel notes with a delicate stone-fruit backdrop. A robust and sturdy palate with some light leather notes mingling with dry tobacco, a touch of oak, and a hint of dried cherries. The finish is smooth and calming.
86 Proof. Scents of subtle sweetness and baking spice are followed by light citrus, butterscotch, and oak flavors.
95 Proof. A nose of toasted oak and baking spice leads to a complex palate with notes of caramel and citrus undertones.
90 Proof. The aroma of vanilla and oak gives way to delightful hints of caramel, leather, and honey.
100 Proof. A nose of citrus and honey follows through on the palate, with a touch of light oak, caramel, and vanilla.
125 Proof. The scent of deep brown sugar and chocolate are followed by the bold taste of caramel and baking spice. The finish is long and rich.