For those who like it spicy, sweet, and slightly rough.
Notes: Another whiskey from the folks at Bardstown Barrel Selections A fairly unusual mash bill of 60% corn, 38.2% rye and 1.8% malted barley
Appearance: Deep amber, old patinaed copper/bronze in the bottle, slight sediment/floaters in the bottle but hat just let’s us know it hasn’t been filtered to death. Nice edge line on the glass when you swirl it, smooth layer of whiskey. On swirling, with scattered legs developing after a bit with a nice ,thick edge line.
First Impression: Very pronounced sweet/sour spiciness with a somewhat aromatic bouquet of persimmons, apricots, dried fruit and slightly jammy.
Taste: Lovely, slightly sweet and oily body that flows nicely, nice minty,vanilla, oak char,leather and lighter dried fruits with a nice spiciness and depth you don’t get with wheat bourbons. Nice spice notes with a touch of sweetness and enough wood to add some depth. Nicely assertive and a little rough around the edges in a raffish rather than crude way
Drinks: Works well in most rye of bourbon drinks, Not as sweet as some bourbons with a spicier edgier taste that will make the whiskey stand out a bit more in some drinks stands up well to vermouth to make a slightly less urbane Manhattan, and a Old Fashioned or Whiskey Sour has a little more spice and punch than your usual. Also nicely to add to your jams or sauces in cooking.
Bottle: Long clear cylindrical bottle with simple graphics, with details that of each bottle (batch and bottle #’s) and plenty of open space to appreciate the color of the whiskey. Easily distinguishable from their other products by the dark red label Black screw cap closure and easy to soak off labels make it a great bottle to recycle for infusions after you finished it.
Final Thoughts: A nicely done whiskey especially if you bear in mind the age and price ( both low) and the quality in that price range.
Very minimal website – almost a placeholder. But I prefer them keeping the price down on the whiskey rather than having to subsidize some whizz bang website.