The Best Benchmark Bourbons Ranked

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The Best Benchmark Bourbons Ranked

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. 

6) Benchmark Old No. 8 Brand

Benchmark Old No. 8 Brand

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.

5) Benchmark Top Floor

Benchmark Top Floor Bourbon

86 Proof. Scents of subtle sweetness and baking spice are followed by light citrus, butterscotch, and oak flavors.

4) Benchmark Single Barrel

Benchmark Single Barrel Bourbon

95 Proof. A nose of toasted oak and baking spice leads to a complex palate with notes of caramel and citrus undertones.

3) Benchmark Small Batch

Benchmark Small Batch Bourbon

90 Proof. The aroma of vanilla and oak gives way to delightful hints of caramel, leather, and honey.

2) Benchmark Bonded

Benchmark Bonded Bourbon

100 Proof. A nose of citrus and honey follows through on the palate, with a touch of light oak, caramel, and vanilla.

1) Benchmark Full Proof

Benchmark Full Proof Bourbon

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.

Author: Peoples Bourbon Review Staff
The People's Bourbon Review - The ultimate Bourbon reviews and tasting notes by enthusiasts and the people.


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