ABV: 43.2 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
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Emptied bottles: 1
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. Vanilla cream, green apples and honey sit on top of a sweet corn base. A hint of nail polish remover creates a thin outer layer. The core consists of a whiff of smoke and slightly nutty oak. After a few seconds in the glass it becomes a little bit dusty and marzipan starts to appear somewhere near the middle. This is quite pleasant on the nose.
Mouth: A mild butterscotch note develops and sits as a base as other flavours emerge. Apples and cherries and anise are the main flavours that come up. It’s quite dry and slightly astringent. The oakiness comes early and bring a bitter tang to an otherwise very sweet whole. The dust and corn notes are still in the mix. The vanilla is not as pronounced as on the nose and the honey sweetness has subsided and it’s now replaced by brown sugar. The thin layer of nail polish remover remains.
Finish: Peppermint and cherries swiftly pass by and get replaced by vanilla, honey and butterscotch. Anise and a thin note of lemon comes through before a dry toasted oak takes over. The fruitiness with green apples and cherries returns and sits on top of the oakiness all the way through the finish. The oakiness stays quite mellow and the whole thing feels very well balanced all the way through. This is a tasty, easy sipper.
This bourbon is made in pot stills. It’s aged for about 6-7 years in barrels with level 4 charring. It has a mash bill that consists of 72 % corn, 18 % rye and 10 % barley. It was first released in 1996.