Review: Old Charter 10 Year Old / by Jason Hambrey

10 Years
~75% Corn, 10% Rye, 15% Malted Barley
Distiller Buffalo Trace (Frankfort, Kentucky)

This brand is old - since 1874 - and the 10 year old is still kicking around in places, but the age statement has now been dropped to 8 years. It is from their mashbill 1, which includes Eagle Rare 10 Y.O. and Buffalo Trace.

Review (2015)

  • Batch: 11348

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2013

Fruity, oaky, and complex: clean fruit - cherries, apples, with a good chunk of spice in the mix which rise up especially at the end. The corn is quite rich in the midst of it all - oily and sweet - and we see two sides to the oak - both a light earthy quality to it, but also a freshly-sawn oak feel - fresh, smoky, and full of vanilla.. At the end, dried apricots and white grape come through.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High, at $32.