Charter 101


Charter 101 bourbon whisky


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•  New release of historical brand
Potent, fantastic cocktail mixer
•  Does not watch the clock
•  ABV 50.5%, 75cl



Charter 101 is a 101 proof (ABV 50.5%) bourbon whisky from Buffalo Trace.
It is the first bourbon whisky bearing the Charter brand in years, although the brand used to be Old Charter. According to the slogan on the old advertisements, Old Charter was "the whiskey that never watches the clock".
Old Charter has a long history - the brand first went on sale in 1874. It went through a number of changes of ownership over the following century but remained on sale - 100 years after it launched, the one millionth barrel was bottled.
In 1999, the Old Charter brand was bought by Sazerac, the parent company of Buffalo Trace. They have now brought it back.
Apart from the slight name change, another difference is the age. Old Charter was always aged for at least eight years. Charter 101, on the other hand, has no age statement.
The most important thing, however, is how it tastes. 
To start with, it is obviously young and given the alcohol strength, adding a splash of water is recommended if drinking it straight. The alcohol burn can be a bit too harsh otherwise.
While Charter 101 is a brash (Buffalo Trace's own description) bourbon whisky, it is not unpleasant. It really comes into its own as a mixer, particularly for cocktails. This is where the alcohol strength becomes a real asset.

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Buffalo Trace Distillery, Franklin County, Frankfort, Kentucky, USA
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