As all will undoubtedly know, Scotland is the birthplace and home to the world’s finest whisky names we know and love today. Buffalo Trace, by our friends across the pond, have extended the Buffalo Trail on what has now become a true pilgrimage to the motherland, Scotland.
Buffalo Trace will now be available in nine bars across the country including five in Edinburgh, two in Glasgow and two in Aberdeen. But these aren’t just any bars randomly picked. These are bars with nine of the best bartenders in Scotland, each tasked with creating a unique cocktail using the distinct barrel-ageing technique with either the Buffalo Trace White Dog, or the signature Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon.
Each bar gets their own miniature barrel made of the same oak used at the world-famous Buffalo Trace Distillery in which they must age their cocktail for a minimum of 24 hours to really give their cocktail that great, unique Buffalo Trace taste experience. The cocktails will then be judged by a panel of drink experts in Edinburgh on the 12th August. All of the cocktails, including the winner, will then be available at all nine bars on their cocktail list from then until February 2014 so no excuses for missing out.
Some of you may remember your good friends at CutTheCap.com visited the the Buffalo Bourbon Empire pop-up bar London. Now for all those who missed out in London, you’ve been given a second chance thanks to the good folks at Buffalo Trace. The participating bars are as follows:
- Bon Vivant (www.bonvivantedinburgh.co.uk)
- Voodoo Rooms (www.vooodoorooms.com)
- Tigerlily (www.tigerlilyedinburgh.co.uk)
- Monteiths (www.monteithsrestaurant.co.uk)
- Bramble Bar (www.bramblebar.co.uk)
- Blythswood Square Hotel (www.townhousecompany.com/blythswoodsquare)
- Finnieston Bar (www.thefinniestonbar.com)
And what’s even better for our friends north of the border which we didn’t get here in London (sad faces all around at CutTheCap HQ), to coincide with the Buffalo Trail stretching over to Edinburgh, bourbon lovers can sample the Buffalo Trace range of bourbons at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of the Thinking Drinkers Guide to Alcohol. For those who don’t know about the Thinking Drinkers, it’s a hilarious two-man stage show and their Guide to Alcohol show is a celebration of alcohol’s influence on life, love and literature by award-winning drink experts duo Ben Macfarlane and Tom Sandham. Tickets to the show are available for just £10 via www.thinkingdrinkers.com (or you could just click here).
As a little taster to the show, here’s a youtube clip we found of the duo in the act. If that doesn’t tempt you, nothing will: