Traveller Whiskey Review

Traveller Whiskey, a collaboration between Grammy-winning musician Chris Stapleton and Buffalo Trace Distillery, is a blended whiskey named after Stapleton's first album. This easy-drinking whiskey offers a light body with flavors of sweet apples, light caramel, mild rye spices, and a hint of citrus. It's a pleasant, flavorful, relatively low proof pour that's perfect for anyone looking for a lighter whiskey experience. Curious to know more? Read our full review!
Traveller Whiskey
Blend No. 40
Blended Whiskey
90 Proof
Blended & Bottled by:
Buffalo Trace Distillery
MSRP: $39.99
Review

Please enjoy our Traveller Whiskey review!

A Collaboration Between Chris Stapleton & Buffalo Trace Distillery

Chris Stapleton (singer, songwriter & musician, for those who aren’t familiar with him) and Buffalo Trace Distillery collaborated to create Traveller Whiskey. Chris Stapleton, in conjunction with Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Harlan Wheatley, evaluated more than 50 different blends before arriving at the final whiskey. But why a collaboration between this Grammy winning musician and a well known distillery? It turns out that Chris Stapleton has a long time attachment to the brand. He was born in Lexington, KY, is a big fan of E.H. Taylor bourbon, and has collaborated with Buffalo Trace in the past on two fundraising initiatives, both centered around that particular bourbon.

Traveller Was Chris Stapleton’s First Album

Traveller Whiskey is named after Stapleton’s first album. It is a blend of whiskeys made at Sazerac’s (the parent company of Buffalo Trace) distilleries, and is meant to be a whiskey that everyone can enjoy. To facilitate this, a blended whiskey was chosen.

Blended Whiskey?

What is a blended whiskey, you might ask? In fact, it is a fairly liberal category. A blended whiskey can contain a variety of things from grain neutral spirits, to colorings and flavorings. However, Buffalo Trace does specifically state that there are no grain neutral spirits in Traveller Whiskey. The obvious question, then, is, “what is in it?” It turns out that, Buffalo Trace is not known for their transparency, and they don’t tell us. Rumor has it that Traveller contains a significant amount of Canadian Whisky, with the remainder being bourbon that was distilled at Barton 1792. (source: thebourbonculture.com – citing a Buffalo Trace rep) This seems feasible, but the truth is, we don’t know for sure.

Tasting Notes

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Sweet apples and sweet light caramel; mild rye spices; hint of orange peel; alcohol is appropriate for proof
👉🏻Taste: Sweet delicious apples, light caramel, honey sweetness & oak
👉🏻Finish: Light honey, a bit of white pepper spice, and light char; a little dried apricot tang; short – medium finish with minimal burn; there’s some dryness at the end; white pepper lingers for a while

All of the flavors in Buffalo Trace’s Traveller Whiskey are fairly light, and the body overall is a little thin. But I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way; this is a relatively low proof blended whiskey, after all. Sweet apples, light caramel, mild rye spices and a hint of citrus in the nose provide a pleasant introduction. Traveller’s taste is fairly similar, with a little honey sweetness and a touch of oak. The finish picks up some white pepper spice. There’s also a bit of char and dryness later on, too. True to Traveller’s relatively light body and its 90 proof, there’s not much of a burn. However, the flavors do linger for a while.

Bottle & Glencairn - Bottle Stopper - Traveller Whiskey Review
Summary

All in all, Chris Stapleton and Buffalo Trace’s Harlen Wheatley’s Traveller is a pleasant, easy drinking whiskey. But, again, it is a BLENDED whiskey. I’m repeating that, because to approach it as anything else, is just not doing it justice. I think many reviewers have critiqued Traveller as if it were a bourbon, since it is from Buffalo Trace Distillery, in a roundabout sort of way. But, that is not judging it fairly.

Conclusion

So, who is Traveller Whiskey for? Well, it’s really not meant for those who only drink barrel strength bourbon. However, it is for anyone who is looking for a pleasant, flavorful, relatively low proof and lighter pour. Does that sound like your friend who “doesn’t like bourbon”? Have them give this a try. You and they may be surprised. I know I was.

Have you tried Traveller Whiskey? What did you think? Cheers!🥃

We hope you have enjoyed our Traveller Whiskey review! Since we are on the subject of Buffalo Trace Distillery, if you would like to learn more about it, then read our Buffalo Trace Distillery Tour Review! Or, check out our Buffalo Trace Bourbon Review.

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