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Benchmark Old No. 8 Bourbon*Packaging may vary

Benchmark Old No. 8 Bourbon

Bourbon /40% ABV / Kentucky, United States

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Product details

Kentucky, United States
Tasting Notes
Caramel, Cherry, Leather, Oak, Stone Fruit, Tobacco

Product description

In 1773, three McAfee Brothers left Virginia westward to explore the uncharted territory that would later become known as Kentucky. The brothers surveyed the land now home to the world's most award-winning distillery - Buffalo Trace Distillery. The surveyor marks left behind are known as benchmarks and this bourbon whiskey honors the pioneering spirits of these early American explorers.

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Community reviews

4.618 Reviews
  • Paul
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    Very smooth with a sour hint like Jack daniels. But more affordable. Great on the rocks or mixed.

  • Richard
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    One of the most underrated bourbons available. Excellent price point, 80 proof, well aged and aromatic.

  • Richarla E.
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    Nice, a little stronger than I expected but still tasted good

  • Noemi D.
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    This is a sweet and smooth sipping bourbon, to be enjoyed with good company. It has a very tiny hint of tobacco flavor which is quite nice

  • Tim
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    I liked it a lot, Easy to drink, sip and mix (low proof). Maybe a little watery.

  • Daniel A.
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    It's a fine mixer.

  • Kasyn
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    I have been looking for a new well bourbon for mixing since I moved to Baltimore since no one carries Old Crow here.. and this isn't it. It's got a weird flavor and does not taste like any straight bourbon I've ever had. Do not recommend.

  • Earl P.
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    Horrid. It wasn't what I wanted. I tried to work with guy at the store to find a substitute for my out of stock order and he just got flustered and said, We'll substitute something. Look, I'm buying low end bourbon but this benchmark is like Listerine

  • Jonesy of Ft. Worth, TX

    ?Not as good as Jack, but you can't beat the price!!!

  • Mary



Bourbon is a corn-based, aged spirit that, while legally can be produced anywhere in the U.S., is Kentucky’s signature liquor; in fact, Kentucky distilleries make 95% of the world’s bourbon and the Bluegrass State hosts over a million visitors annually for bourbon tasting tourism.
Because of the liquor’s aging process variation, bourbon’s colors range from light amber to dark caramel and each bottle must contain at least 40% ABV. Bourbon can only be called bourbon if it’s aged in an oak barrel; barrels must be new and are pre-charred to help the liquid extract as much flavor as possible from the wood.
Much like how a square is a rectangle, but a rectangle is not a square, bourbon is a whiskey — but because of the stricter standards set for bourbon distillers, most whiskies are not considered bourbons.
While both whiskey and bourbon are made from the same base ingredients (a predominantly corn mash, yeast and water), a spirit can only be called bourbon if it’s crafted in the United States, surpasses a minimum 40% ABV and is aged in new, charred, white oak barrels. Bourbons are generally on the younger side of the whiskey family (compared to older whiskies like scotch) and thus deliver a sweeter profile.
Bourbon’s ingredient list is short and sweet (literally): corn, other grains, water and yeast. Barley, wheat and rye grains are often featured in the mash composition alongside the liquor’s signature corn base, but even so, the FDA considers straight bourbon as a gluten-free product that is safe for those with Celiac Disease or for individuals who suffer from other forms of gluten intolerance.
Raise a glass to science: While rye, barley and wheat all contain the gluten protein, the actual gluten is removed during the bourbon’s distillation process, in which the gluten molecules are separated from the actual distillate used to make the final product.
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