McAfee's Benchmark Old No. 8 Bourbon Whiskey

Benchmark Bourbon Whiskey
Benchmark Bourbon Whiskey

McAfee's Benchmark Old No. 8 Bourbon Whiskey

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Region:  Kentucky

Country:  United States

Style:  Bourbon / Whiskey

Producer:  McAfee

Sazerac/Buffalo Trace markets it as a cheaper alternative to Jack Daniel’s and it shows in the Old No. 8 on the black label.

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McAfee's Benchmark Old No. 8 Bourbon Description:


Age: At least 3 years

Year:  2014

How I Drank It:  Neat, in Glencairn whiskey glass.

My Nose Noticed:*  Vanilla | Honey | Orange Peel

First Sip:  Oak | Cherry | Was That Rye?

The Burn:**  Sustained moderate burn. Not overwhelming, looooong.

Neat, Splash or Rocks:  I don’t really believe in adding water or ice to an 80 proof bourbon. If you’re going to drink this, drink it neat.

Straight, Old Fashioned or Manhattan: While the cocktails work reasonably well, I like this one straight. As with most 80 proof bourbons, you’ll need less sugar if you’re making an Old Fashioned and less vermouth in your Manhattan.