An 80-proof “rye recipe” Kentucky straight bourbon, Benchmark Old No. 8 has been designated a “best buy” by Wine Enthusiast magazine with a rating score of 90.
Benchmark is medium amber in color, with a nose that bears caramel notes and a delicate stone-fruit backdrop. The body is medium and the palate is robust and sturdy, with some fine leather notes mingling with dry tobacco, a touch of oak and a hint of dried cherries. The finish is smooth and medium in length.