Buffalo Trace White Dog

Buffalo Trace makes some of the best bourbon in the world. Their antique range is simply amazing, even though the Ryes that represent the pinnacle of their product do not actually carry the Buffalo on their bottle, they have developed a fast following among those who prefer their whiskey to be American.

White Dog is a bit of an oddity that the distillery have been selling for 4 or 5 years now. The thing most people don’t realise is that they have been making it for 274 years. White Dog is the unaged, or new make spirit, fresh of the still and into a bottle. A few years in charred oak and you’ll have bourbon. Without oak, the spirit is sharp and spicy, with a distinct popcorn note.

The distillery holds the White Dog days in October, and I’m told that’s only way to get your hands on one of these little bottles. That might explain why there are so few high res photos of the bottle anywhere online. I’d love to be proven wrong on this point, with the reasoning being I might be able to give a bottle a home.

Some people might call this moonshine, but i’d beg to differ. The White Dog uses a grain mash, and has complexity in spades because of it. Shine is mostly down to sugar for its taste, flavour and kick. This results in a product that will peel your face off and leave you speechless.

The White Dog on the other hand will leave you speechless for a whole different set of reasons.