Hancock’s Reserve is a lower proof offering from Buffalo Trace’s fabled mashbill 2. I feel like it’s a little bit the odd man out of the line up with people hunting Elmer T Lee, Blanton’s and Rock Hill Farms much more than this guy but it doesn’t just sit on shelves like Ancient Age.
Abv: 88.9 proof
Nose: Sweet and gentle with caramel and vanilla notes.
Taste: Smooth and sweet with more caramel and vanilla. Thin mouthfeel.
Finish: Short to medium finish with hints of baking spice but mostly sweet vanilla.
This is simple, sweet and easy to drink. There’s nothing bad about it but there’s nothing great about it either. I like the sweet caramel and vanilla notes but I’d much rather have one of the other mashbill #2 bottles like Blanton’s, Elmer T Lee or Rockhill Farms. I’m glad I got this bottle but I won’t be looking for another one.
TL;DR: Simple, sweet, smooth
6 - a good whiskey I’m still happy to drink
Poor - Overpriced, not worth the money