Written By Guest Writer Libations / Spirits Jan 19, 2011 Where The Buffalo Roam, The Bourbon Flows SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterestphoto: A barrel of Bourbon, Harlen Wheatlycredit: Buffalo Trace DistilleryBorn and bred Kentuckian Harlen Wheatly is Master Distiller of Buffalo Trace Bourbon. When he graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Chemistry degree, he figured “distilling was a good fit”. He now works about fifty miles from where he was born, is proud of it, and could he have been christened with a more appropriate name?Wheatley is a bourbon guy through and through.He drinks very little wine (except for “Merryvale Cabernet and the occasional Grigio”. Neither is he a beer guy, (although he likes the “spirit” of craft brewing).I nabbed a quick chat (and a Buffalo Trace dry Manhattan) with the 41 year-old distiller at Brix restaurant just prior to a Buffalo Trace dinner where I got a “distilled” version of the Buffalo Trace story. Buffalo Trace, a corn, rye and malted barley-based bourbon, is distilled in 100-barrel batches. It is sweet, with vanilla and spice overtones. Sweet and smoke unite splendidly with the Manhattan and duo of canapés, smoked tenderloin with beef marrow glaze and a pork rillette rolled in bacon-y breadcrumbs, topped with smoked pork loin. (I can see me cribbing that combo for a dinner party opener). Eagle Rare is single barrel bourbon; smoky, rich, almost oily and with a fiery note. Each barrel has a slightly different personality. This bourbon is best sipped “neat”.I miss out on the Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve, which I am led to believe is a gorgeous mouthful of spirit.Lucky Victoria Whiskey Festival attendees Saturday and Sunday are likely to get a wee dram. Harlen is conducting the The Buffalo Trace Distillery Masterclass, Saturday afternoon (4:20 pm) to walk participants through the process of distilling bourbon, and taste them on the whiskies.This bourbon fan sure wishes she could pop across the Strait.Before saying adios to Mr. Wheatley I confess that my bottle of Buffalo Trace is drained, and I’m working through a bottle of Old Weller, given to me as a gift. “That’s OK, ‘cause that’s one of ours,” he drawls with a tone as smooth as the whisky itself. “And by the way, Old Weller is a wheat-based whiskey”. How fitting.For up-to-date info on the Victoria Whiskey Festival log on to www.victoriawhiskyfestival.com.For an in-depth tasting note on this spirit, read Treve Ring’s review in DRINK.beverageBourbonWhiskey Festival SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.