The Buffalo Trace Distillery makes several Bourbon Whiskey brands, but only has ten mash bill “formulas.” Each brand is one, or a combination of these mash bills.

In the late 1960s, Seagrams launched a premium line of spirits named "Benchmark Bourbon" — made at their Four Roses Distillery. Sazerac bought the brand during the Seagrams breakup in 1989 and moved production to their Buffalo Trace Distillery, where they used their No. 8 mash bill to make it.

To further differentiate the product, they added the moniker “McAfee” to the front — the McAfee’s were the original owners of some of the land where the Buffalo Trace Distillery now sits. Thus the new name is “McAfee’s Benchmark Old No. 8 Brand Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.”

The No. 8 mash bill is a high-rye Bourbon, with a little more spice than other Bourbons. It’s a solid mainline Bourbon aged a minimum of three years in new oak.

The difference between Benchmark and its pricier brothers is simply a few more restful years aging in the barrel. It has nice flavors of vanilla and orange zest and a long spicy finish.

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What does Benchmark taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Benchmark bourbon and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.